Over the past few years, we have been steadily growing our community outreach projects in efforts to bring mental health to the frontlines.
Being based in Kuala Lumpur, a bustling metropolitan city teeming with resources, we often encountered individuals and families who were part of the urban poor. Through our other services, we became increasingly aware of the lack of accessibility this population had to mental health care and how it was severely affecting their daily lives.
We explored communities close to us - residing in dense, overcrowded high-rise flats that were typically a type of low-cost public housing or known as Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR). We identified issues such as high levels of depression and anxiety, strained relationships within the family, low levels of self-efficacy, lack of peer acceptance and more among the residents we met, particularly adolescents.
Following reports made by Yayasan Hasanah that youths living in these areas are more susceptible to mental health issues, we decided to concentrate our pilot outreach initiatives in PPR locations.
Through focus group discussions, needs assessments and multiple community engagements - we developed a participatory community intervention program to better protect and support young people exposed to adversity.
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