Mental disorders that go undiagnosed, or even an emotional need that goes unaddressed, are almost always painful for sufferers and their loved ones. But seeking help in the form of counselling in Malaysia can be difficult, with the stigma of mental illness, as well as the lack of availability and awareness.
To combat that, the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) is offering counselling service for just RM20 per session. In a time where you might have to shell out a substantial amount of money for psychological counselling at a private clinic, or be put on a long waiting list at a public one, the MMHA’s initiative is a welcome service.
“We’ve been trying to make mental health services more accessible,” explained a representative from the association. “Hence we’ve actively recruited mental health professionals in training to provide services at affordable rate.”
To book an appointment, all you have to do is send them a direct message on their Facebook page, or by calling 03-77825499. At the moment the counselling team is made up of 2 qualified counsellors. The counsellors are also LGBT-friendly, the association notes.
According to the MMHA, the counselling sessions will be able to help those struggling with stress, anxiety or any other issue that is emotionally overwhelming. Each session should take 45 minutes to an hour, and clients should expect that treatment can take multiple sessions as the counsellor works on building rapport and understanding their issues before working out a solution and treatment plan, if needed.
All counselling sessions will be held in person at their headquarters at 8, Jln 4/33 Off Jalan Othman, Petaling Jaya, and only on weekdays. Counselling is available on a one-on-one individual or as a family, and can be carried out in English or Bahasa Malaysia. For now, this service is only available in the Klang Valley. Those out of state can still get help at any of the clinics listed in their directory, although prices may vary.
According to the MMHA, there have already been appointments booked since the announcement went live on 13 June.
The Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) is a non-profit voluntary organisation managed by an elected committee mental health professionals and interested community members. Since its formation in 1967, the MMHA has worked to promote mental health in the country and raise mental health treatment standards and awareness. More information is available at the MMHA website or Facebook page