REACHOUT.MY is an initiative that provides online mental health and well-being solutions for everyone.
The informative website provides resources for those suffering from mental distress and is a comprehensive repository of helplines, stories of hope and events that cover various aspects of mental well-being.
It is a collaborative effort led by Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA), Rotary District 3300 Malaysia, National Coalition of Mental Wellbeing (NCMW) and BAC Education Group.
MMHA president Datuk Dr Andrew Mohanraj said it was important to continuously educate people in Malaysia on mental health because most tend to stigmatise it.
“Proper education is important in finding solutions to mental health issues.
“Education starts when people reach out for help. This is not a sign of weakness,” he said.
BAC Education Group chairman Raja Singham, who led the formation of Reachout.my, said it was heart-warming to see how many people had volunteered to help people in need.
“These are trying times, with unprecedented loss of lives and livelihoods.
“People across the nation are struggling to cope with the drastic changes 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,” he added.
Responding to the need to publicise the available helplines in the country, NCMW has listed eight active Helplines of its members on ReachOut’s website.
NCMW comprises over 30 non-governmental organisations, private institutions, government agencies and individuals as members.
Rotary Malaysia District 3300 governor Datuk Bindi Rajasegaran added that the website, alongside its helplines, ongoing mental health seminars and short videos, would make a difference to those going through a tough time; all they needed to do was reach out.