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Mental Health Support: When you need someone to talk to

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Need someone to talk to? Do you sometimes feel that you’re tired, alone, depressed and disconnected with the outside world? With makchic‘s #MamaSecrets efforts on Instagram recently, it was clear that many mothers wanted someone to express their sadness and frustration to. It was also obvious that many were looking for mental and emotional support.

If you need someone to lend an ear, here is a list to seek therapy, guidance and support for a variety of issues:

Government Services

1. Counselling Psychology Unit, Health Department of Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya

Formed under the Ministry of Health, trained Psychology Officers at the Counselling Psychology Unit provide counselling services to children, youths and families. These officers also help with crisis intervention and rehabilitation. You would need a doctor’s referral or an application form before making an appointment.  Once the application is processed, an appointment will be scheduled within 5 working days. The units are available at select government hospitals, such as Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Hospital Sungai Buloh.

Address:  Jabatan Kesihatan Wilayah, Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Cenderasari, 50590 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: +603-2268 7333

Websitehttp://jknkl.moh.gov.my/en/unit-kaunseling

2. National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia (LPPKN)

LPPKN is a national institution that focuses on families. It falls under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. If you need family and marriage counselling, the board provides the service of registered counsellors at its many centres throughout the country.  In addition to counselling, family planning and clinical services for reproductive health are also available.

Address: Ibu Pejabat LPPKN, Bahagian Pembangunan Keluarga, Unit Kaunseling, 12B, Jalan Raja Laut, 50350 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: +603-2693 7555

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.lppkn.gov.my


Private Services

1. InPsych Psychological & Counselling Services

In addition to the customary clinical psychologists and registered counsellors, the team at InPsych includes an Education Psychologist (specialising in issues associated with learning and motivation), and a Sexuality Consultant. The latter could be a useful resource if you have sexual anxiety and disorders, or if you are struggling with issues of this nature with your partner.

Address: 41-3, Jalan 1/137B, Resource Industrial Centre, Off Old Klang Road, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: +6017-331 1216

Email: [email protected]

Websitehttp://www.inpsych.com.my/

2.  Kin & Kids Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Center

With a multi-disciplinary team that includes clinical psychologists, registered psychotherapists, and licensed and registered counsellors, this centre provides an extensive range of services which includes family mediation and post- divorce co-parenting counselling. If you are planning to tie the knot, you could opt for the Pre-marital Personal Relationship Evaluation, that would help you learn the skills you might need to build a happy and lasting marriage.

Address: 10-8, Binjai 8 Premium Soho, No. 2, Lorong Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, or  5-05-03, Block 5, VSQ @ PJ City Centre, Jalan Utara, 46200 Petaling Jaya.

Contact: +6019-380 0902 or +6018-667 0902

Email: [email protected]

Websitehttp://www.kinandkids.com/

3. The Mind Psychology Services & Training

There is a large team of clinical psychologists, health and sports psychologists and counsellors at The Mind. This allows the centre to provide a wide range of services, such as therapies for children and families and support groups for sleep management and weight loss. The team also runs training in areas such as mindfulness techniques and stress management.

Address: C-41-11, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya.

Contact: + 603-7931 8436

Email: [email protected]

Websitehttp://www.themind.com.my

4. Rekindle Centre for Systemic Therapy

As the name of the centre indicates, the team at Rekindle uses a systemic approach when providing support for families.  Hugely popular in the US, the approach utilises different therapies to assist a troubled family. For example, while parents try to work through their struggles with a marriage therapist, their young children could engage in play or child therapy. After that, the whole family can also undergo sessions together, with a family therapist.

Address: 42-2 Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: +603-6201 7488 or +6019-369 8519

Email: [email protected]

Websitehttp://rekindletherapy.com/

7. The Mind Faculty

There’s an integrated approach to mental health here. This is due to the impressive credentials and different areas of expertise of the 25 psychiatrists and practitioners at The Mind Faculty.  You could seek treatment for a myriad of issues including addiction and eating disorders. Psychological evaluations are also available to determine academic readiness or developmental delay. And if you are looking for a counsellor specialising in relationship issues, and with a wealth of experience, look no further than Ms Sharan Kaur.

Address: 11, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont’ Kiara, Jalan Solaris, Off Jalan Duta Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: +603-6203 0359 or +603-6203 0733

E-mail: [email protected]

Websitehttps://themindfaculty.com


Community-Based Institutions

1. Agape Counselling Centre Malaysia

Agape offers counselling and pre-marital seminars and workshops, as well as play therapy, sand play and expressive therapy services. Established in 1985, they were the first counselling centre with Mandarin as a medium of service.

Address:  56, Jalan PJS 1/46, Taman Petaling Utama, Petaling Jaya 46150 Selangor.

Contact: +603-7781 0800

Email: [email protected]

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/agapeklHQ

2. Calvary Life Ministries

Established in 1993 as a nonprofit counselling and care organisation, CLM provides counselling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. All counselling is professionally supervised by consultants who are professionals in the field of Clinical Psychology, Counselling or Psychiatry.

Address: 4, Jalan Damansara Endah, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: +603-2095 6360 or +603-2095 6361

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://clm.org.my/

3. Grace Community Services

Grace Community Services runs Birthright, which offers counselling and crucial support to single unwed mothers to encourage them to carry the baby to full term and keep her child. If the mother decides not to keep her child, Birthright will provide professional services to help look for suitable adoptive parents. Registered with the Malaysia Welfare Agency the centre has aided more than 800 mothers from various races and religious backgrounds throughout their pregnancy.

Address: No. 7, Jalan Dendang 1, Kawasan 16, Berkeley Town Centre, Klang 41300, Selangor.

Contact: +603-33414044 or +603-33414055

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.gracecommunityservices.my

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Grace-Community-Services-128107253928755/


Hotline

1.  All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) – Telenita

Survivors of sexual assault or harassment and domestic violence could seek help from AWAM. Services are provided for free, with AWAM engaging intern counsellors working on their Masters to provide counselling and emotional support. They also collaborate with KL and Selangor Legal Aid Centre to provide free legal advice. AWAM also provides referrals should survivors require services best served by other organisations, such as family therapy and shelter.

Address: 85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya, 46300 Selangor.

Contact: +603-7877 0224

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Websitehttps://www.awam.org.my/

2. Befrienders KL

The amazing Befrienders has served as a trusted and confidential safe space for people since 1970. A group of volunteers, with the help of professional psychiatrists and psychologists, lend their ears and shoulders to cry on with no judgement. Whether you’re lonely, suicidal or just need someone to talk to, you can seek emotional support via three channels: a telephone helpline that is available 24 hours every day throughout the year (03-79568145), face-to-face through a prior appointment, or email at [email protected]

Address: 95 Jalan Templer, Petaling Jaya, 46000 Selangor.

Contact: +603-7956 8145 or +603-79571306

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Websitehttps://www.befrienders.org.my

3. Talian Kasih

Talian Kasih provides emergency services for those suffering from abuse, neglect or household violence, but they also offer counselling services through their hotline. They also provide support for single mothers, the poor and those with disabilities.

Contact: 15999

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.lppkn.gov.my/index.php/talian-nur.html

4. Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)

If you’re going through an abusive relationship and need shelter and support, you can also reach out to WAO. Since 1982, the organisation has provided free shelter, counselling, and crisis support to women and children who face abuse.

Contact: +03-7956 3488 / +6018 988 8058 (Whatsapp or SMS)

Email: [email protected]

Websitehttps://wao.org.my/


Please note that this list isn’t exhaustive and details stated might be subject to change. Do email [email protected] if you know of any other centres or support groups.

Anne Aeria was all about 9-to-6 workdays until she gained a new boss, her son Isa Alexander Ruffin. Now a freelance writer and NirvanaFitness instructor, she spends her days chasing her toddler around and being wrapped around his little finger.

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