If you’re worried about your own or a loved one’s mental health, here’s a quick guide on how to get mental health care in Malaysia.
Early this week, a person was reported to have fallen dead at the Suria KLCC mall in Kuala Lumpur. Further investigations are still ongoing. So far no official report yet on calling it a suicide act. Though, this has sparked up conversations about suicides and mental health in the community. According to reports, suicide rate has gone up recently in Malaysia due to the pandemic.
It’s important to know that it’s totally fine to seek treatment even if you’re unsure you’re having a mental health challenge. You don’t always have to be at the lowest point of negativity to only seek help. You may simply wish to just feel better and find more help to deal with your daily burnouts.
Visit a klinik kesihatan to get a referral letter.
Explain your mental health state and express your concerns. Before sending you a referral letter, Klinik Kesihatan will provide you a DASS (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale) form to examine your status.
Make an appointment at the appropriate psychiatry clinic.
Consultation fees at government hospitals are significantly cheaper, and often include medication if it is supplied. If you were referred by a klinik kesihatan, the first appointment would cost you RM5, and if you were referred by a private clinic, it would cost you RM30. The cost of all follow-up appointments is RM5. Certain hospitals, however, may charge a different price. The cost of medication varies depending on what is prescribed.
During consultation, you may be needed to undergo tests.
Such as blood tests, scans, or an electrocardiogram to check for any indicators of medical concerns.
Be prepared to wait for a long time if you’re considering using public healthcare. Depending on the urgency of the situation, it can take weeks or even months to get an appointment or follow up for additional checkups. Clients of private services typically receive their services very immediately, and there is a shorter waiting list. It does, however, cost more money.
Get assistance from private clinics.
A referral letter is not required in order to receive treatment there. Simply give them a call to make an appointment with these private services. During the pandemic, The Mind Faculty, People Psychological Solutions, and HumanKind, are offering low-cost therapy for as little as RM50.
We trust that this information will help you have a better knowledge of the services available in Malaysia to overcome mental challenges. It’s normal to feel skeptical and wary when considering counseling, but remember that your mental health should always come first.