In conjunction with World Mental Health Day (WMHD), sleep health specialist AmLife International Sdn. Bhd has rolled out its WMHD showcase themed “Sleep Well For Mental Health” covering six key countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The showcase comes in the forms of workshops- both online and offline – to educate the mass public on current mental health conditions in the region.
The year looks grim with the Covid-19 pandemic. Faced with threatening realities of health and life, loss of jobs, lack of social interactions, all these take a toll on everyone’s mental health, as well as adverse physical and emotional repercussions.
A survey by The Ministry of Health Malaysia showed that by 2020, mental health conditions are expected to be the second biggest health problem affecting Malaysians after heart diseases. One in three Malaysian adults aged 16 years and above (29.2 percent) have a mental health condition, nearly triple from 11.2 percent in 2006. Amongst Malaysian youth aged 13 to 17, one in five has depression, two in five have anxiety and one in 10 has stress.
On the mental well-being of Malaysian households during MCO (Movement Control Order / Lockdown), the latest health survey conducted by Malaysian think tank The Centre with 1084 respondents in Malaysia indicated:
- 45 percent of the respondents reported experiencing negative mental well-being during the MCO, with different levels of severity.
- 22 percent reported experiencing severe and extremely severe anxiety, with 20 percent and 15 percent of the respondents reporting severe and extremely severe depression and stress respectively.
- Women and those below the age of 35, reported experiencing higher levels of negative emotions. 18-26 percent of women stated that they experienced severe and extremely severe depression, anxiety, and stress.
Abroad, according to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, USA (IASP), one billion people across the world are thought to have a mental or substance use disorder and anyone, anywhere, can be affected. Depression alone is on track to be the leading disease burden in the next 10 years.
Lew Mun Yee, Founder & President of AmLife said good quality sleep improves our psychological and mental health and vice versa. Physiological health and psychological issues are escalating globally. One in five persons has a type of mental health issue. Therefore AmLife stresses sleep education which is part of our business philosophy,” explained Lew.
AmLife has engaged Elizabeth Huxtable, a certified Sound Therapist with over 30 years of holistic therapy (Globe Sound & Consciousness Institute, San Francisco, USA) and Dr. Luke Wang – a Taiwan Specialist in Psychiatric, Sleep Medicine, and Geriatrics & Dean of Rafah Sleep Clinic in Taiwan to share some insights into mental health.
Studies found that sound frequency can affect the nervous system and can have a positive healing effect on the mind and body. Elizabeth, “Sound therapy helps relax people’s stress. This naturally reduces their blood pressure and helps the vascular system to relax the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow more easily. Each organ and cell in our body has a resonant frequency. Sometimes, due to stress, toxins in the environment, disease, etc, the organs start to vibrate at the wrong frequency, the healing sound vibrations can help to reset them to their natural frequency and relaxes the body,” she elaborated.
AmLife further introduced its DeepZleep Amsonic solutions – a regenerative sleep technology from Japan which combines Electric Potential Therapy, Thermal Therapy and AmSonic Frequency Therapy – all in a bedding form. AmSonic Frequency Therapy is the latest brand new Japanese technology which harnesses the frequency of nature and spiritual healing frequency to harmonize the body frequency and sync it with the natural environment to enable the body to relax, relieve tension and goes into deep slumber so your body can experience recuperative and health rejuvenation capabilities.
The DeepZleep Amsonic is available in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Hong Kong.