9 Instagram accounts to follow for mental health resources in Malaysia
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[TW: This article includes mention of abuse, violence, rape, suicide, and mental health disorders]
For more than a year now, the world has been fighting an invisible Great War that is Covid-19. On top of that, most, if not all of us, have personal struggles to deal with, whether as a result of the pandemic or life's many obstacles. Don’t even get us started on all the other sociopolitical tensions and humanitarian crises that have plagued the news and our social media feeds of late.
All of the above, coupled with living in isolation, can be overwhelming for even the most cheerful and optimistic of us. It’s more important than ever to check in with yourself and your loved ones, especially with regards to one's mental health. Remember that it’s okay not to be okay, but do consider seeking professional help if your mental struggles are seriously affecting your daily routine.
In case you don’t know where to start, one way is to equip yourself with practical resources on social media. We’ve rounded up nine Instagram accounts to follow right now for professional tips and important helplines to note.
Created by former banker turned founder and CEO Joan Low, ThoughtFull is a digital mental health startup that aims to provide affordable, approachable, and accessible mental health solutions via its app. Both professionals and clients can join the platform, connecting users with their preferred type of therapy. ThoughtFull’s Instagram is also regularly updated with practical tips to practise meditation, self-care, restful sleep and more positive mental habits that benefit all users, whether they struggle with mental health or not.
The Mind Faculty (@themindfacultykl)
The Mind Faculty is a premium mental health clinic based in Solaris Mont Kiara, offering a range of psychiatric, psychological, counselling and complementary therapies. Aside from being a direct platform for therapy, the page frequently posts easily digestible insights on various mental issues and symptoms—from self-sabotaging behaviour to fight or flight responses—in order to educate users and destigmatise mental health.
Womens Aid Organisation (@womensaidorg)
The Women’s Aid Organisation offers free shelter, mental health support and crisis support to women and children in Malaysia. It primarily serves the needs of women who suffer from domestic violence, abuse, rape and trauma, by providing hotlines and contacts for emergencies. Additionally, the platform holds training sessions for volunteers and donation drives from time to time, so you can also give back to the cause.
Malaysia Mental Health Association (@mmha_1968)
Formed in 1967 by a group of mental health professionals, the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) is a non-profit voluntary organisation officially registered under the Societies Act 1966. The page offers constructive advice for interventions, parent-child relationships, as well as conflict management, aimed at providing rehabilitative services to the mentally ill and supporting their caregivers with mental health training.
MindaKami is a youth initiative to advocate for mental health awareness by providing a safe space for young people to engage in discussion and break the stigma around mental health. The platform shares real-life stories and struggles of youths to help others feel less lonely in their respective journeys. It also offers bilingual information on a plethora of topics including counselling, support hotlines, mindfulness and abuse. In efforts to foster a supportive community, users are welcome to submit their personal experiences and/or essays, art and poetry on mental health.
Green Ribbon Group (@greenribbongroup.my)
Established in March 2021 by mental health activist YAM Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Abdullah, the Green Ribbon Group (FYI: the green ribbon is a symbol for mental health awareness) serves as an advocate and fundraiser for mental health. The bilingual (English and Malay) account provides regular updates on mental health issues, helplines and initiatives to drive donations in support of mental healthcare.
Ripple Community (@ripple.community)
Ripple was founded with the aim to provide professional services to mental health and special needs patients, in addition to educating the individuals around them. The team consists of clinical psychologists and therapists, who are responsible for the informative posts on the range of mental health disorders (OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder—you name it) and suicide prevention assistance. Users can also browse the professional directory on the website for more specialist contacts.
Cukup Club (@cukup.club)
Founded by social activist Roshinee Mookaiah, Cukup.Club started in 2020 as a blog to educate users on strategies to upskill themselves in the three pillars of mental health, self-confidence and knowledge. Posts on the account span positive self-affirmations, affordable mental health services, and her personal tips to combat mental health struggles through journaling and self-care.
Short for Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association, MIASA is a non-governmental association founded by patients for patients. The page offers frequent updates on mental health workshops, counselling services and crisis contacts, as well as useful guidelines on coping with a range of disorders including anxiety and depression.
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