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Building Malaysia’s Tomorrow: Tackling Mental Health Today
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29% of Malaysians are living with mental illness where 4 out of 10 adults and 1 out of 10 children (5-16) are affected. 40% of Malaysians will suffer from some sort of mental health illness in their lifetime. At the start of 2019 itself it was reported that nearly half a million Malaysians experienced symptoms of depression and over 424,000 children experienced mental health issues. These numbers shot though the roof during the Covid-19 pandemic that saw multiple suicide cases across the country.
The Malaysian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association (MYCAPs) quoted a World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate that 20 per cent of children worldwide suffer from mental health issues, many of whose conditions go undetected and untreated. According to WHO, 50 per cent of mental health problems begin before the age of 14, and 75 per cent start in their 20s.
Malaysia’s psychiatrist-to-patient ratio is staggeringly-low, only 10 percent of the amount recommended by the WHO. This is a serious issue that raises questions on the country’s future.
What Is The Solution?
Established in 2010, Relationary is a premium mental health center based in Malaysia that also provides online assistance. It is the result of 25 years of experience with people and organizations across the world built with a deep commitment to values relating to work, research, treatment and raising awareness of mental wellbeing while retaining our values and philosophy. It is established with the vision to be the most established, resourceful and reliable center nurturing mental health and wellbeing; To be a catalyst for happiness, research, and awareness.
Relationary is headed by Ammar Abuzahra who is a Certified Professional Coach credentialed by ICF (International Coaching Federation) and a licensed Professional Counselor by Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia. He has been active with Al-Khaadem doing grass roots work for several years in Malaysia. He is presently Head of Programs and Services at Relationary, International Parenting Consortium, and the NGO, Wellbeing Research and Development (WoRD).
The scope of services of Relationary has extended to provide couple, family and child therapy including assessments and diagnosis measures as well as psychotherapy of almost all of the clinical conditions; such as ADD, ADHD, Autism, OCD, Personality Disorders and many more. In addition, Relationary has developed a supporting network of supporting professionals in psychiatry, social work and occupational therapy.
In 2019, Relationary achieved another milestone in its growth by launching online therapeutic services to enable international partners to benefit their members with their services. They provide services to individuals, couples and families across the lifespan and from all ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as groups and communities. The Relationary team also successfully initiated and executed the first conference in Malaysia focusing on Parenting and Family Mental Health. The team has been working hard on the ground and has organized multiple talks and seminars for organisations like HKL, UNHCR among many others.
Currently, the professional service teams are present in the two strategic offices in Kuala Lumpur and Sunway City enabling people to seek help with ease. The teams actively strive to break the stigma against mental illness treatment and misinformation present in the community.
Make A Change Today!
The Relationary Center provides comprehensive services for those dealing with behavioural health issues. for all ages. The services include treatment for:
– Elevated Mood / Activity
– Somatic Symptoms
– Self-harm Ideation
– Unusual Thinking
– Sleep Problems
– Repetitive Thoughts and – Behaviors
– Relationship Functioning
– Child Development
– Personality Disorders
– Substance Use
To make it as easy as possible for the community to benefit, Relationary offers psychotherapy services conducted by supervised clinical interns at extremely reduced fees. Relationary has a long waiting list of patients that direly need support but their treatment had to be stopped because of a shortage of funds and resources. You can help change that and give these people a chance to start anew.
Donations to this campaign will cover the cost of therapy for: 50 people for a total of 10 individual sessions (50 mins each) OR 25 people for a total of 20 individual sessions (50 mins each)
Note: Average number of sessions for the psychological treatment ranges from 10 to 100 sessions (even more for trauma-related cases)
For every RM1 put into scaled up treatment for common mental disorders, there is a return of RM4 in improved health and productivity.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease the difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter.” [Tirmidhi]
Relationary is a premium mental health center at Sunway Geo. We believe in a systemic approach to mental health. One’s well-being is made of the complete wellness of the heart, body, mind, and spirit. With over twenty-five years of experience in helping individuals suffering from behavioural health conditions, our licensed professionals specialize in adding more life to your years.