According to the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) of Malaysia, prevalence of depression is highest amongst the rural and poor communities in Malaysia. Overall, 2.3% of Malaysians reported to have depression – that’s approximately half a million Malaysians!
Based on the survey,
Rural folks have a 180% greater risk of falling into depression vs urban folks.
Out of the estimated number of depressed Malaysians,
79% are from the B40 community, 17% from the M40 and 4% from the T20.
Why do you think that poorer communities have higher depression tendencies?
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