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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have any questions about mental health disorders or Mental Health Association Sarawak in general? We’ll answer some of the most commons questions people have about our organisation and mental health in general.

Is MHAS a clinic/hospital?

No. MHAS is a non-governmental/non-profit organisation, citizen-based association that operates independently from the government. We are dedicated to deliver resources on mental health, support people with mental health conditions and raise awareness on mental health disorders.

Is MHAS a governmental department?

No. MHAS is a non-governmental/non-profit organisation, citizen-based association that operates independently from the government.

Is MHAS a private company?

No. MHAS is a non-governmental/non-profit organisation, citizen-based association that operates independently from the government.

Can doctors in MHAS prescribe psychological/psychiatric medicines?

Many members of MHAS are psychiatrists and they can prescribe psychiatric medicines. However, they do not offer psychiatric service (which includes prescribing medicines) at MHAS centres. They only do so at the clinic or hospital they serve at.

Do MHAS have a branch in Kuala Lumpur?

MHAS are a state-level organisation. As such, we only have branches in Kuching, Miri and Sibu. There is a mental health organisation in Petaling Jaya, Selangor which is the Malaysian Mental Health Association.

Can I attend a counselling session at MHAS although I do not have any mental illness?

Yes, you can!

Can the counsellor of MHAS diagnose a person with mental disorder?

No. However, the counsellor can assess a person’s mental health and suggest the person to see a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist.

Can we hand-over a family member/relative with a mental illness to MHAS (and live at MHAS)?

No. We encourage inclusion of persons with mental-illness in the society. Persons with mental illness need social support from family and friends to recover. Also, we are no longer accepting people to be a resident at our group home at this moment in time. However, if you have issues with taking care of a family member with mental illness, you can contact us to consult our professional members for further support.

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Mental Health Association Sarawak
2991, Block 10 KCLD, Wisma Keretapi
Q3A, Bormill Commercial Centre,
93200 Kuching, Sarawak
Tel / Fax:  +60 (082) 231 459