YHP Malaysia – Towards Youths’ Health & Mental Well-being



Location

Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur & Selangor)


Timing

From 2021


The local context

Mental health is often overlooked in Malaysia, especially among adolescents.

Suicide statistics released by the police revealed that 872 or, half of the cases recorded between January 2019 and May 2021 involved adolescents aged between 15 and 18, while the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey had found that 424,000 children in Malaysia faced mental health issues1.



Our objectives

To improve the mental health and well-being of youths - and to raise awareness about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), whilst providing our employees the opportunity to provide volunteer support.


Our focus

Mental health and NCD awareness


Our programme

YHP was inaugurated on World Mental Health Day 2021 with a pilot programme to promote mental health and well-being.

We partnered with Hospital Beyond Boundaries - a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focusing on youth and mental health - to run initiatives to support mental health and NCD awareness amongst youths in the Klang Valley and around Malaysia, giving them greater capacity to make informed decisions about their health.


Our partners

Hospitals Beyond Boundaries (HBB) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable communities through sustainable healthcare efforts, achieved by establishing hospitals and clinics run by local communities as social health enterprises.

HBB has been recognised by the United Nations as part of the United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals initiative.

Link to website: https://hbb.org.my/


Reference:

1. UNICEF. 2021. Statement on deaths by suicide among children. Available at: https://www.unicef.org/malaysia/press-releases/statement-deaths-suicide-among-children