Do mental screening before hiring, employers told

PETALING JAYA - Employers should make mental health screening as a requirement before employing workers, Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said.

Referring to the recent case of a security guard who ran amok and killed a bank officer in Johor, he said the tragic incident could have been avoided if mental health screenings were carried out before hiring.

"What security companies should do before dispatching security guards to their clients is assess their mental state," he said here yesterday.

Lee said that periodical screening should be done to ensure that those working in industries such as security and transport did not suffer from any mental health issues.

"In this particular case, it is clear that the security guard ran amok and killed the bank officer without any provocation," he said.

Lee said the issue was becoming more critical as many people in the workforce suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.

"Companies, through their human resource department, should come up with a guideline to deal with this issue," he said.

The guard who ran amok at the bank in Johor also seriously injured another officer.