The Inexperienced Ribbon Group was launched not too long ago on March 23 (2021).
It’s a social enterprise that goals to provide momentum to the psychological well being agenda in Malaysia.
One avenue that my group and I want to particularly push for is the necessity to strengthen psychosocial assist in communities.
This isn’t a brand new strategy to psychological healthcare.
The Well being Ministry has labored tirelessly on this entrance for the reason that early 2000s.
Its Psychological Well being and Psychosocial Help Providers presents a helpline, psychological first support and counselling.
I’m additionally reminded of the ministry’s Let’s TALK Minda Sihat marketing campaign that was launched on World Psychological Well being Day in October 2019.
It goals to encourage folks to:
- Inform somebody about their issues
- Ask for assist
- Hear with out judgment, and
- Know the place to hunt assist.
Komuniti Sihat Perkasa Negara (Kospen), launched by the ministry, is one other nice instance of how the youth may be brokers of change in our psychological well being panorama.
We should all the time be conscious of the necessary position that communities play in fostering a way of care and togetherness.
Boosting consciousness and understanding the issues of psychological well being should be steady.
Solely then can we break the stigma related to psychological sickness.
Duty of all
In my message to the World Federation for Psychological Well being in commemoration of World Psychological Well being Day 2020, I confused that none of that is purely the federal government’s accountability.
Psychological well being is solely the accountability of all.
We should empathise with these struggling, in addition to with their households.
We should uphold the fundamentals of human interplay like face-to-face and emotional connections.
And we should do our half by maintaining the momentum occurring psychological well being consciousness.
Certainly, psychological well being has featured closely all through the Covid-19 pandemic each right here at dwelling and overseas.
It ought to be a part of our restoration within the “new regular”.
We face unsure instances.
And once we are confronted with uncertainty, the onus is on every one among us to reply with kindness.
It’s for this very cause that we should give attention to strengthening the neighborhood strategy to psychological well being.
Help and coaching
Help for these with lived expertise and those that have tried suicide shouldn’t finish with household and buddies.
It also needs to be prolonged to the broader neighborhood.
Extra importantly, we have to normalise the dialogue surrounding psychological well being and suicide within the hope that these struggling will get the assistance and remedy that they want, reasonably than being shunned or judged harshly.
The Inexperienced Ribbon Group has produced some small and easy gadgets that may assist to spice up neighborhood participation in elevating consciousness.
By sporting our pins, caps and t-shirts, you’re mechanically an advocate as effectively.
That is why we selected the worldwide image for psychological well being as our brand.
We don’t need to invent one thing new.
As a substitute, we want to empower the nice work that has already been performed, and our contribution is to try to take it to new heights.
By sporting our merchandise, you’re additionally supporting two initiatives that goal to strengthen psychosocial assist in communities.
All proceeds and donations to the Inexperienced Ribbon Group can be used as seed cash to assist arrange assist teams nationwide, and to sponsor these prepared to undertake the Psychological Well being First Support course.
These initiatives can be carried out in collaboration with the Malaysian Psychological Well being Affiliation (MMHA).
The assist teams can be arrange in states that at present shouldn’t have many or any in any respect, as it’s typically in these areas the place consciousness is low, and stigma and prejudice are excessive.
These teams can be led by individuals with lived expertise and their caregivers.
They is also based mostly in hospital psychiatric models to assist strengthen assets and allow members to work alongside psychological well being professionals.
MMHA can be facilitating participation within the Household Hyperlink Schooling Programme to higher perceive psychological sickness, disaster intervention, hope for restoration and advocacy.
In the meantime, the Psychological Well being First Support coaching can be organised by MMHA for any grownup who’s prepared to learn to assist those that are growing psychological well being issues (similar to despair, anxiousness, suicidal ideation and self-harm, substance abuse, and consuming issues), in addition to these experiencing a psychological well being disaster (similar to panic assaults, psychosis, aggressive behaviours, and results from alcohol and drug abuse).
The Inexperienced Ribbon Group has all the time advocated for psychological well being to be a part of our nation’s restoration from the Covid-19 pandemic.
For first respondents or those that are sometimes the primary level of contact, similar to dad and mom, lecturers, nurses and normal practitioners, in addition to these concerned in humanitarian or social work, if you’re on this course, please go to the MMHA webpage or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this collectively
We really feel that these initiatives are half and parcel of the grander scheme of issues.
Slowly, however certainly, we hope to assist eliminate ignorance, prejudice and discrimination, as a way to higher assist these with lived expertise, in addition to their caregivers (whom we are likely to overlook).
I hope that you’ll keep dedicated and proceed to do your half in advocating for psychological well being, whether or not it’s sharing information, insights and experiences; empowering your friends and caregivers; or just asking your neighbour, “How are you?”.
We’ve all skilled the pandemic collectively and have discovered comfort in figuring out that every of us has been impacted by Covid-19 indirectly.
We should even have the outlook that “we’re all on this collectively” in our strategy to psychological well being any longer.
Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan is the Royal Patron of the Nationwide Coalition of Psychological Wellbeing and Worldwide Patron of World Psychological Well being Day 2020. For extra data, e-mail email@example.com. The data supplied is for academic and communication functions solely and it shouldn’t be construed as private medical recommendation. The Star doesn’t give any guarantee on accuracy, completeness, performance, usefulness or different assurances as to the content material showing on this column. The Star disclaims all accountability for any losses, harm to property or private damage suffered instantly or not directly from reliance on such data.