Give kids’ mental health due attention, parents urged

Rapelson Richard Hamit

KUCHING, May 28: Parents need to be aware and pay more attention to their children’s well-being, especially their mental states.

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) Youth chief Rapelson Richard Hamit believed more and more young children were facing depression issues due to their surroundings.

“The signs of depression are very hard to notice as they (children) tend to keep to themselves,” he opined in a statement today.


Rapelson was commenting on an incident on Saturday where a youth attempted suicide at the vicinity of Jalan Ang Cheng Ho after sharing his family problems with his friend.

“And before this, a girl (from Batu Kawa in Kuching) posted a poll on social media whether she should continue living (L) or die (D). The poll cost her life,” lamented Rapelson.

He cautioned that if such incidents remained ignored, it could become worse in future.

Hence, he said parents must spend quality time with their children and get them to open up with what is on their minds.

“If we see someone showing signs of depression and contemplating suicide, encourage her/him to seek help or talk to someone in Befrienders Kuching,” Rapelson advised.

Befrienders Kuching, he added, was ready to provide counselling services on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.30am to 1pm. To make an appointment with them, call 082-231459, he said. — DayakDaily