For my 25th birthday, I would like to raise funds to support the Malaysia mental health community. Approximately one in three Malaysian adults suffers from a mental health condition or is at risk of developing a diagnosable mental illness, according to the country’s last National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), in 2015.
This does not reflect, however, the level of support the government is giving to mental health recovery efforts - according to a Bridging Barriers report, the Ministry of Health has capped its positions for clinical psychologists at 15, even though there are 45 hospitals under the ministry offering psychiatric services throughout the country. (source: https://southeastasiaglobe.com/failing-mental-healthcare-in-malaysia/)
Mental health globally has a negative stigma attached to it - even more so in Asian countries. Rather than obtain support, it is not uncommon to see people suffering from mental illnesses isolate themselves from society or keep their mental state to themselves. This is the opposite of what is needed to get better. Community support and professional help goes hand in hand in order to help a person with anxiety/depression get better.
So today, I humbly ask for you to donate to my campaign for the https://mmha.org.my, the Malaysian Mental Health Association. The organisation I picked is one of the longest running mental health associations in Malaysia, with also the most support on Facebook. There are plenty of NGOs like it, but I have chosen this one today as it is the largest one, which will help provide better outreach with the funds I intend to raise.
Hey, even if you don't have spare funds to donate, that's fine. Awareness to me begins with you, if a family member or a friend is suffering from any mental health illnesses, it is important that you know how to provide support and how to ensure they receive it.
Thank you for your time reading this and for donating!