More Southeast Asians Are Desperately Searching For Mental Health Solutions Amid The Pandemic
It’s not just you, being stuck in lockdown, battling a pandemic, and struggling to cope with loss has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. In particular, Southeast Asia has shown an increasing need for mental health services, according to our search engine statistics as revealed in a survey by ecommerce aggregator iPrice.
The survey shows Google searches for mental health solutions in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia have increased by 231%, 128%, and 109% respectively during the first five months of 2021, as compared to the same period in 2019.
Among the popular search topics include off-the-shelf anxiety-relieving products as well as apps that could help improve mental health, which shows that many people still favour an easy and affordable solution due to obvious financial constraints. Searches for self-care products like scented candles, essential oils, and therapy lamps have also increased in the Philippines and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, the survey also mentioned about Malaysia’s alarming suicide rates in 2021, which have almost doubled compared to last year and 2019, and average to about three deaths a day.
If anything, this survey should highlight that mental health struggles are very common and need to be addressed in the open. Nobody should feel ashamed to ask for help and nobody should be made to feel that they’re alone, because you’re not.
If you know anyone who’s struggling right now, please reach out to these hotlines for help: BEFRIENDERS KL (Call: +603-76272929), TALIAN KASIH (Call: 15999 or WhatsApp: +6019-2615999) and BUDDY BEAR CHILDLINE (Call: 1800-18-2327 – 12am to 12pm daily).