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Facing Daily Hardship, Refugees Struggle With Mental Health Issues

Moses, Refugee and Community Mental Health Volunteer

08-Dec-22 16:00

Facing Daily Hardship, Refugees Struggle With Mental Health Issues

Shortly before the 15th General Election, Malaysia’s government under then-Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced its intention to close down the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which handles protection needs for asylum seekers and refugees in the country. With GE15 now behind us, it remains to be seen whether Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s administration will adopt a human rights approach towards the refugee situation in Malaysia. 

Meanwhile, we speak to 23-year-old Moses, a refugee from Myanmar who arrived in Malaysia as a teenager and now volunteers with a community mental health organisation. He shares about the hardships that refugees face on a daily basis, and what kind of mental health support is needed. 

This segment talks about suicide and may be triggering for some listeners. If you need emotional support, you can call MIASA's 24-hour helpline 1800-1800-66 or Befrienders KL 03 7627 2929.

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Produced by: Tee Shiao Eek

Presented by: Tee Shiao Eek

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Tags:  mental healthrefugeemyanmarsuicide

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