40% of Malaysians have a household income of less than RM3,000. They face significantly more stressful life situations and are more likely to experience ill-health than others. With only 20% of people receiving the professional help they need due to inaccessibility of services and stigma, it is clear that we need to do more for Malaysian’s mental health.
Relate Malaysia was founded by Dr. Chua Sook Ning, a clinical psychologist born and bred in DJ in 2017. The organisation’s mission is to:
1. Promote the importance of mental health as part of well-being. 2. Promote prevention and early intervention programs 3. Develop effective, evidence based and accessible interventions. 4. Encourage the establishment of community support and services for all who need them. 5. Advocate for policies which protect patient rights and autonomy. offers evidence based online mental health services.
Relate Malaysia is now supported by all volunteer medical doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists. The organisation uses the structured clinical interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5-CV) to ensure a proper systematic evaluation of mental health conditions. This is the gold standard in psychiatric diagnosis and is used in clinical and research settings for accurate diagnosis of primary and comorbid disorders. Psychotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for mental health conditions. On average, a person receiving psychotherapy is likely to improve more than 79% of those who do not. Psychotherapy uses clinical methods that are based on established psychological principles and research to help you make changes in your life. You work together with a therapist to identify the root causes of the problems and change the thought and behavior patterns that stop you from healthy living and feeling your best.
Relate Malaysia aims to raise RM60,000 for 100 individuals with mental health problems who cannot afford the care they need.
For RM120, one person can receive a comprehensive mental health diagnostic assessment. For RM600, one person can receive 12 sessions of weekly mental health services with therapist.