KUCHING: Don’t be afraid to seek help and support if you are feeling stressed, worried or depressed.
In making this call, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Covid-19 pandemic had a major impact on the people’s mental health.
“Health workers, students, people living alone and those with pre-existing conditions have been particularly affected.
“If you are feeling stressed, worried, or depressed or feel that life is unbearable, talk to someone now about your problems and call the hotlines available,” he said in a Facebook post on Monday (Oct 11).
Those in need of mental health and emotionally support, he said, could contact:
– the Sarawak Social Welfare Department’s Community CHAT Service at 082- 311554;
- Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (03-29359935 or 014-3223392);
- Talian Kasih (15999 or WhatsApp at 019-2615999);
- Mental Health Association (MHA) Kuching (082-231459);
- Sarawak Women and Family Department Helpline (082-448866 or toll-free 1800-22-5566 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Ministry of Health and Mercy Malaysia Volunteer’s Covid-19 Psychological Support Line (011-63996482, 011-63994236 or 03-29359935);
- Jakim’s Family, Social and Community Care Centre (WhatsApp at 0111-9598214).
- Befrienders Kuching (082-242800, 6.30pm to 9:30pm, email to email@example.com or visit https://befrienderskch.org.my/our-services/);
- Women for Women Society Crisis Line (082-368853, Monday from 7pm to 9pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 9am to 11am, Saturday from 2pm to 4pm or email to firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Bodhi Counselling (011-63305990, Monday to Friday from 8pm to 10pm, email to email@example.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/bodhiCounselling);
- Grace Centre (082-256411 or 016-8836411 from 7.30pm to 9pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Grace Centre Facebook);
- Wellness Centre Sibu (084-333360 or email to email@example.com).
Meanwhile, the World Mental Health Day is observed every Oct 10, and this year it carries the theme of ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.