Building a Safe Space through community collaborations
SOLS Health launched the CIMB Islamic Safe Space Programme (“Safe Space Programme”) in 2018 with the support of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad. The Safe Space Programme consists of 5 initiatives with the objective of pioneering social inclusion through the implementation of community-based mental health services, primarily to those from low-income communities in the Klang Valley.
The 5 initiatives mentioned above include:
ReachIn, an online platform that provides free and accessible mental health screening and resources, and connecting users to qualified mental health practitioners (www.reachinonline.com).
Family & Youth Support Programme (FYSP), a programme that focuses on building parenting and communication skills to strengthen the relationship of parents and children/youth.
Early & Interval Screening, Assessment and Treatment (EISAT), a programme that provides accessible mental health assessment and interventions for children and youths in marginalised communities.
Executive Functioning (EF), a programme to develop the soft skills and study skills among the Orang Asli community and children from low-income housing communities.
Sexual Abuse & Trauma Services (SAT), a programme to train interested mental health practitioners in specialized trauma and abuse, enabling survivors of trauma and abuse to have accessible services.
The Safe Space Programme has been successful in reaching out to children, youth, families living with general mental health challenges, developmental difficulties and survivors of trauma and abuse as well as educators and schools in these communities. Through supporters such as CIMB Islamic, adverse consequences of mental health issues could be greatly minimised, enabling these communities to thrive.
As a pioneer, the Safe Space Programme paves the way in developing a collective network of mental health service providers, non-profit organisations, public healthcare service providers, community educators and leaders towards a common cause. We are thankful to our partners and stakeholders for their support, collaboration and advocacy in championing the importance of mental health for these communities in need.