As Malaysia has prioritized employment support for individuals with mental illness, the Mentari program, launched by the Community Mental Health Centers, has served as a model intervention. The Mentari program relies on retired nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare stakeholders to volunteer as job trainers. The People with Disability Services Development Unit and the Public Health Division develop training modules for various health professionals who participate in the program. The program partners with local NGOs in outreach with potential employers. The program has improved employment opportunities for patients while reducing stigma and discrimination. In sharing stories about the employment successes of its participants, the program further reduces stigma within society and among additional employers. The program also receives supporting funds from the psychiatric association to collect clinical data for its rehabilitative activities.
DateAug 30, 2016