Reachout.my is an initiative that provides online mental health and wellbeing solutions for everyone. A timely initiative, especially at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken a toll on the lives of many people, creating new challenges, and hindering their ability to adapt to their new normal. According to the initiative’s proponents, "there is a great need, now more than ever before, to provide support for those struggling with mental health like depression, anxiety, or even suicidal tendencies".
A collaborative effort led by the Malaysian Mental Health Association, Rotary District 3300 Malaysia, the National Coalition of Mental Wellbeing, and the BAC Education Group, the website provides resources to those with mental distress to help them out. The site is a comprehensive repository of helplines, stories of hope and events that cover various areas of mental wellbeing.
President of the Malaysian Mental Health Association, Dato Dr Andrew Mohanraj said that it is important to continually educate people in Malaysia on mental health because most associate it with stigmas.
“Proper education is important in finding solutions to mental health issues. Education starts when people reach out for help and this is not a sign of weakness,” he said.
The BAC Education Group’s Chairman, Raja Singham, who led the formation of Reachout.I said it was heartwarming to see how many people have volunteered to help people in need.
“These are trying times, with an unprecedented loss of lives and livelihoods. People across the nation are struggling to cope with the drastic change in their way of life and this causes anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. ReachOut is our way of telling them that they are not alone and that we will get through this together.”
Responding to the need to showcase the available Helplines in the country, the National Coalition of Mental Wellbeing (NCMW) has listed eight active Helplines of its members on ReachOut’s website. NCMW comprises over 30 NGOs, private institutions, government agencies and individuals as its members.
Rotary Malaysia District 3300 Governor Dato Bindi Rajasegaran added that the website alongside its helplines, on-going Mental Health seminars and short videos will definitely make a difference to those going through a tough time; “they just need to reach out, “ she said.