Updated: Jan 18, 2022
Understanding Mental Health
Have you ever noticed a friend or a colleague to be less talkative, less lively, or disinterested in conversations and work?
If you have, there is a possibility that the person is experiencing a certain degree of mental health issues. It can either be stress, anxiety, or even depression.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and triggering strong emotions in adults and children.
Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.
"Mental health is something that we all possess. It is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses in life, can work productively and is able to contribute to his or her community" – World Health Organisation
When our mental health is in good condition, we have a sense of purpose and direction and feel that we can cope with whatever life and work throws at us.
But just as our physical health fluctuates, our mental health goes through ups and downs as well.
In collaboration with Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association (MIASA), MTT Shipping launches a mental health campaign that will suggest tips and exercises on how to care for the wellbeing of our mental health in daily lives.
Reducing Stigma & Creating a Positive Workplace
There is still a stigma surrounding mental health. By revealing issues, people fear to become isolated, viewed as abnormal, and considered unfit for the job.
Raising awareness of potential mental health issues in the workplace is part of fostering an inclusive workplace, where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work.
It is important for employers and employees alike to realize that mental health is a part of our overall wellbeing and that it should be normalized instead of stigmatized.
When we are physically fit, we tend to be healthier. It’s the same with mental health. Improving our mental health can improve decision-making, workflow, and relationships at work.
All of these translate to increased productivity and play a role in helping us to be our best selves!
Introducing Mental Illness Awareness & Support Association (MIASA)
Mental Illness Awareness & Support Association (MIASA), or Persatuan Kesedaran dan Sokongan Penyakit Mental – is a Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support NGO based in Selangor, first incorporated in October 2017.
MIASA’s objective is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, to address and clarify perceptions surrounding mental health issues and conditions, and to provide peer and caregiver support through a variety of programmes and initiatives.
Being peer-initiated, MIASA has a strong foundation and also purpose. It provides a holistic solution, not just from a medical standpoint but also from a spiritual standpoint, emphasising the crucial relevance of rehabilitation paradigm that emphasises empowerment, autonomy, and a right-based approach.
Since 2016, MIASA has run over 554 programmes and activities for our mental health peers, caregivers, and the general public, spanning awareness, advocacy, alleviation, and livelihood aid.
Accepting & Helping People with Mental Health
MIASA accepts help in any manner, including volunteers, interns, equipment, and monetary donations.
With the aim of providing relief support and raising awareness on mental health throughout Malaysia, MIASA aspires to be the leading voice in mental health education in support of people with mental health disorders.
Your donation to MIASA would be highly appreciated by our peers and their loved ones.
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Thank you for taking the first step in our endeavour towards raising mental health awareness.