Seek mental help if needed in times like these, says Awam

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: The All Women's Action Society (Awam) warns that the Covid-19 situation can cause rising stress levels and ultimately lead to violence.

They said that mental help was important to prevent such incidents.

They said that having to consider taking out EPF contributions, job insecurity, staying cooped up with the family and worrying about the virus did not make it easy to remain calm, rational and vigilant.

Awam said that rising stress levels from shortage of funds and lack of social interactions can lead to more frequent clashes, with a high chance of it turning violent, especially if steps are not taken to manage the levels of stress, pressure and anxiety.

"It is in these times that gender-based violence occurs more frequently, especially with survivors of domestic violence trapped in close quarters with their perpetrators," the NGO said in a statement Tuesday (March 24).

Awam said that women make up many marginalised groups in the country and, in times of crisis such as this, are made even more vulnerable.

They said that help should be sought so that the cycle of violence could be broken, although it was easier said than done.

Awam added that there were many organisations, including itself, that were able to assist in this situation.

Awam provides free counselling and legal information services to all.

They are offering their hotline to anyone who needs "someone to talk to", such as those distressed by news on the disease, those agitated to stay at home, those who are fearful of the disease, or even those who have loved ones on the frontlines.

Awam can be reached on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a quick chat.

To speak to them over the phone, email your details to and they will call you back.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Covid-19 , Coronavirus , Mental Health , AWAM , Hotline , Stress


Next In Nation

A mechanism to address cost of living for all groups to be proposed under Budget 2023, says Fuziah
Selangor polls could go either way, say analysts
Call for more Malaysians to apply for Fulbright scholarships
Apex court denies JJ's children leave to appeal over RM1bil in shares
Man gets six years jail for committing unnatural sex on step-sister
Tanjong Karang Hospital to have 10 specialist services, says Health Minister
Ebit Lew's trial postponed to May 11 to examine forensic expert's findings
Negri Islamic council regrets resurfacing allegations of misappropriated zakat funds
Genting crash: Deceased was holding someone else's MyKad, say cops on mistaken identity situation
Company director remanded for accepting cash from 'Datuk Seri' to launder money

Others Also Read