by Li Ting
Hello, I'm Li Ting and I'm a Malaysian. I was a volunteer at SOLS Health for 3 months in 2016 - a community service provider of affordable and accessible mental healthcare for underserved people.
"Mental illness is not real, it's just people being dramatic”
"People from problematic families are dangerous, it's better to stay away from them'"
"She asked for it by marying a bad man'"
“Children cannot experience mental health problems, it's not possible”
For people who might not know, these are the common misconceptions that surround mental health and domestic abuse in the Malaysian society, despite mental health problems being common in Malaysia. Stigma and discrimination in the Malaysian society often affect the victims' self-esteem and may cause them to experience shame, embarrassment and hopelessness. This often leads to reluctance in asking for help and avoidance of mental treatment.
For those who needs a little more convincing, the Women's Aid Organisation reported that there had been 5,421 cases of domestic violence in 2018, but many more are still silent about their abuse. Statistics also show that Selangor contributed to the highest proportion of domestic violence cases in Malaysia, a starking 14.1% of total reported cases.
You may wonder why I volunteered to be a fundraiser so here is my story. While assisting with the operations of SOLS Health, I had the opportunity to explore a wide range of therapies. I always had the perception that one needs to feel extremely unwell mentally or encounter a life crisis for one to undertake therapies, but I was wrong. Having experienced sandplay therapy and other play therapies at SOLS Health myself, I developed a deeper understanding about my mind and learnt the importance of mental health. This time, I decided to be a fundraiser for SOLS Health's domestic violence campaign because I believe that they are commited to combating the stigma of mental health in Malaysia and pave the way for domestic violence survivors to rebuild their lives.
The funds from this campaign will be used to enable 15 families who have been victims of domestic violence to receive mental health services. Details include 10 therapy sessions for mother and 10 therapy session for children.
These abused women and children deserve a better life. They deserve a second chance and your help can change their lives. So give your share to show that you care!
Raised of MYR 500.00 target.
by Li Ting
Hello, I'm Li Ting and I'm a Malaysian. I was a volunteer at SOLS Health for 3 months in 2016 - a community service provider of affordable and accessible mental healthcare for underserved p ... Read more
MYR 256.50 raised.