Giving a New Breath of Life to Women and Children Domestic Violence Survivors

in Support of Support Women and Children Domestic Violence Survivors To Be BRAVE

by Abdur-Rahman Ridwan


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I am Abdur-Rahman Ridwan. I became interested in mental health care when I went through my share of mental distress some years back during my undergraduate studies. While I was gradually healing, I resolved to meet and support those who were struggling with their mental health. This made me take casual walks on the campus to approach random people whom I had observed in real-time to have low moods or looked distressed.

Walking up to meet random people was a herculean task for me because of my introverted personality and my expat status in that environment. In other words, it was very challenging for me to actualize the mission I had in mind. Nevertheless, when there is strong willpower, there is likely to be a way. I eventually found a way to meet my first stranger-friend and the raw emotional sharing moments we had together inspired me to look out for similar moments in the second, third, and others, even though the first task of approaching them remained challenging.

Upon meeting them, I would try to cheer them up, motivate, and provide safe spaces for those who had deeper concerns to express themselves. To ventilate the troubles that they find difficult sharing with even their own families. This undertaking was not only a significant part of the healing process for those lovely people but for myself as well. I tried to listen, empathize, and be compassionate by sharing my stories and strategies which they could tweak to improve their conditions and also connected them to relevant resources that could improve their mental health. These moments were therapeutic and absolutely fulfilling for me and I always wanted to do more of it.

To amplify my support for helping people through their mental health journeys, I joined a community-oriented mental health non-profit known as SOLS Health where I am grateful to have worked with extremely dedicated mental health professionals who are dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals and communities.

Among other exciting mental health projects, SOLS Health is currently concerned about the unfortunate situation of women and children domestic violence survivors who are unable to move on with their lives well despite being economically empowered to do so. Does this sound shocking to you? Let it not be. In reality, women and children who have experienced domestic violence go through a lot of emotions including fear, confusion, anger, or even numbness. They are also prone to experience some form of mental distress conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorder among others. Due to all of these, It is extremely difficult for them to move on with their lives, hustle, and functional well while still being haunted by the traumatic memories and dealing with these range of emotional troubles that come along with them.

To effectively help these survivors to not be cages of their traumatic experiences, SOLS Health designed a comprehensive trauma-informed care program known as BRAVE (Building Resilience, Acceptance, Valiance, and Empowerment) through which they aim to provide multiple therapy sessions and support programs to aid 15 families in Selangor in their recovery process.

I am pledging to raise RM1,000 ($240) for this campaign, and I am calling on your good self to help achieve this goal which can even be surpassed. Your contribution will help women and children survivors get the effective mental health care they need to aid their recovery process and move on with their lives healthily because there is no health without mental health.

Thank you.


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Giving a New Breath of Life to Women and Children Domestic Violence Survivors

by Abdur-Rahman Ridwan

I am Abdur-Rahman Ridwan. I became interested in mental health care when I went through my share of mental distress some years back during my ... Read more