Mental health advocacy NGO wins management award


Anita says the win amplifies silenced voices, combats stigma and addresses discrimination and injustices.

Mental Health Awareness and Support Association (Miasa) was honoured with the Top Healthcare Management Award at Health Expert Awards 2022.

The recognition highlights Miasa’s unwavering dedication and excellence in advancing mental health advocacy and peer support across Malaysia and internationally under the leadership and dedication of its founder and president Anita Abu Bakar.

Health Expert Awards is a platform assessing businesses and organisations based on various criteria, acknowledging outstanding performances throughout the year.

Miasa was acknowledged under Top Healthcare Management category, which is awarded to a health business that demonstrated excellent performance and leadership throughout the year.

Established as a mental health advocacy and peer support non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Malaysia, Miasa works on continuously developing, expanding and fortifying community-based support services for peers and caregivers while advocating for their fundamental freedom, rights and dignity.

Anita said, “Winning this award would amplify silenced voices, combat stigma and address discrimination and injustices that continue to happen.

“Many who have overcome struggles remain silent due to societal pressures, including shame and fear.

“Winning would bring alive these voices and rights, which they deserve.”

Miasa’s unique leadership strategy prioritises mental well-being in its work culture, fostering an inclusive environment that embraces the talents of its employees.

“Recognising that mental health challenges require care and support similar to physical illness, our leadership strategy has significantly reduced stigma, eliminated discrimination and fostered understanding,” said Anita.

“We prioritise mental well-being by amplifying the unique talents of our employees, enable them to contribute to the reduction of mental health stigma by making them feel supported as well as build empathy and compassion towards anyone who struggles,” she said.

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