In response to the escalating mental health crisis in Malaysia, tech firms Corrective Aesthetics Sdn Bhd and Teda Technology Sdn Bhd have announced a groundbreaking collaboration to expand the Remind program, a mobile application that is designed to diagnose users’ mental states through voice recordings.
The Remind program, a wholly Malaysian-made and patented initiative, holds the potential to address the pressing mental health challenges faced by the nation, the duo said in a statement on Tuesday.
By providing users with a user- friendly platform for self-assessment through voice recordings, the program empowers individuals to detect early signs of mental distress as well as depression at an early stage.
The urgency of such a solution is underscored by the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s long-standing concern about
mental health, with recent data from the HEAL Helpline 15555 revealing the increasing need for psychological care, receiving 19,307 calls over seven months, averaging 80 calls per day. Of these, 171 were related to suicidal behavior.
According to the statement, the Remind program aims to assist in early detection, provide early tailored intervention and advice, provide as well as guide sufferers on where to seek help.
It said alarming police reports indicating an 81 percent increase in suicide cases from 631 in 2020 to 1,142 in 2021, with a doubling of cases among those aged 15 to 18, further emphasize the necessity for innovative solutions.
Thus, the collaboration between Corrective Aesthetics and Teda Technology not only addresses the immediate mental health needs in Malaysia but also positions the Remind program for future launches overseas, starting from ASEAN countries.
Corrective Aesthetics and Teda Technology are also dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to mental health care in Malaysia and beyond.
“Our joint effort reflects our dedication to supporting the community’s well-being in the face of a deepening crisis,” said Dr. Jest Wong, Managing Director at Corrective Aesthetics that head project umbrella.
Meanwhile, Tee Teng Beng, Chief Operation Officer at Teda Technology, said that the collaboration underscores their commitment to leveraging technology for the betterment of society.
“Together, we aim to make a positive impact on mental health outcomes,” he added.
Corrective aesthetic offers platform both physical store as well as information technology (IT) app in helping individuals to rediscover their self-wroth and embrace acceptance.
Project umbrella is a campaign that provide screening as well as early intervention to help prevent but also supress mental health problem through a guiding principle of wanting to transform 10 million life by year 2030.
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