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Here you can find updated information about what mental health services are available during the COVID-19 Movement Control Order, as well as essential information for people with existing mental health conditions, and those who are carers.

Services Open

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, and the Movement Control Order, it is still possible to access some out-patient and in-patient psychiatric services, and seek help from organisations offering support for mental health.

There are however many services that have been suspended or that cannot be accessed in the usual way.

The Ministry of Health advises that patients with mental health needs can still access state hospital services in emergencies, in order to get medication, or to attend existing appointments.

In Sarawak the following psychiatric hospitals are open, however you should contact them directly to clarify whether it is appropriate for you to attend in person, or whether you should be directly to alternative support.

Name of HospitalWebsitePhone Number
HOSPITAL SENTOSA, 7TH MILE, KUCHINGClick Here082-612 321
DEPT OF PSYCHIATRIC & MENTAL HEALTH, SARAWAK GENERALClick Here082-241 753
PSYCHIATRY AND MENTAL HEALTH DEPT, HOSPITAL MIRIClick Here085-420 033

Please be aware that some private hospitals in Sarawak have been forced to close. We advise contacting any hospital if you have an existing appointment, and see if they are still able to offer you an appointment at this time.

If you know someone who is in a crisis, here are some guidelines to help them navigate this difficult time.

  • Stay Calm
  • Listen Without Making Judgements And Concentrate On Their Needs In That Moment
  • Ask Them What Would Help Them
  • Reassure And Refer To Appropriate Help With Practical Information Or Resources
  • Avoid Confrontation
  • Ask If There Is Someone They Would Like You To Contact
  • Encourage Them To Seek Appropriate Professional Help
  • If They Have Hurt Themselves, Make Sure They Get The First Aid They Need
  • Gently Remind The Person Who You Are And Why You Are There
  • Don’t Reinforce Or Dismiss Their Experiences, But Acknowledge How The Symptoms Are Making Them Feel

Official Advice

The Ministry of Health has advised that patients with existing mental health conditions should continue to take their medication, and follow guidance provided by their mental health professional (psychiatrist / psychologist / counsellor / etc.)

For information about coping with stress of concerns exacerbated by the COVID-19 situation, read our advice page here: Worried or Anxious?
OR  Read our user submitted articles about coping with your mental health in these challenging times: Advice Blog

Urgent

The Befrienders service is operated to provide emotional support for people who are in distress or having suicidal thoughts. Usually this service is accessible via telephone, however due to the Movement Control Order, some call centres are not operational. Alternative arrangements have been made to continue to service.

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Despite many of the usual avenues for support not being available at the moment (including sadly our own counselling service), the good news is that new online support is popping up online!

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If you know of more places for Malaysians to get emotional support online during COVID-19, then please contact us, and we will let our clients know about it here!

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Mental Health Association Sarawak
2991, Block 10 KCLD, Wisma Keretapi
Q3A, Bormill Commercial Centre,
93200 Kuching, Sarawak
Tel / Fax:  +60 (082) 231 459