Mental health is your emotional, psychological and social well-being.
It is how you think, feel and act.
RELATE Malaysia is an organization established to
- Raise public awareness of mental health and to destigmatize mental illness.
- Conduct research on mental illness and develop mental health interventions.
- Design policy recommendations that promote access to treatment; improve quality of treatment; and reduce discrimination and stigmatization.
Our Vision is to help Malaysians live mentally healthy lives.
Our philosophy is that there is no health without mental health.
Our mission is to raise the importance of mental health as part of well-being, to promote prevention and early intervention, to develop effective, evidence based and accessible interventions, and to encourage the establishment of community support and services for all who need them.
Our Mission for the next three years is to help improve the acceptance and understanding of mental health in Malaysia and to promote mental health care to all Malaysians.
Our projects for 2017/2018 are:
1. To establish a mental health screening program to collect data on prevalence rates of mental illness and to normalize mental health screenings as part of a healthy lifestyle.
2. To establish an affordable clinic offering psychotherapy to ensure greater geographic and economic accessibility.
3. To develop a mental health intervention application that can be implemented population wide.
4. To engage in public education talks to increase public knowledge of mental health.
Mental health is your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It is how you think, feel and act. Just as we take care of our physical health, we have to take care of our mental health too.
Many factors contribute to your mental health such as:
- Biological factors such as genetics or brain chemistry
- Life experience such as abuse or a stressful life event
- Family history of mental health problems
- Thinking patterns
Many of us fall ill and are affected physically, emotionally and mentally particularly when we are under stress. Mental illness is something that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. This often affects the person's ability to relate to others and function every day. Mental health problems are common but help is available and many people do recover.
According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2015¹, the prevalence rate of mental health problems among children aged 5–15 was 12% and the prevalence rate of mental health problems among adults aged 16 years and above in Malaysia was 29.2%. This means about 1 in 3 people suffer from a mental health problem.
The World Health Organization mental health report released in 2014 on the profile of Malaysia² showed there are only that there is only 1 psychiatrist and 1 psychologist available for 100,000 people.
1. National Health & Morbidity Survey 2015 (www.iku.gov.my—nhmsreport2015vol2.pdf)
2. WHO Mental health Atlas country profile for Malaysia 2014. (http://www.who.int/mental_health/evidence/atlas/profiles-2014/mys.pdf?ua=1)
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