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Covid-19: Suriana Welfare Society launches online mental health service for Desa Mentari’s B40 kids

Online mental health sessions are now gaining traction among non-governmental organisations amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

One such NGO is the Suriana Welfare Society that has launched its own mental telehealth sessions, which is a technology-based mental health service to the B40 community in Desa Mentari.

Established in 2010, the NGO has been providing aid to underprivileged communities, empowering mothers with income-generating projects, and providing educational activities to children who need them.

Telehealth is a term used to describe the delivery of mental health services using telecommunication technologies such as telephone, video conferencing and other internet delivered therapy programmes.

Its founder and chairman James Nayagam said that many children have been diagnosed with depression due to struggling with their online classes and having their mobility restricted.

“Children who have to sit in front of the laptop to study are finding it difficult to do so especially since they’re used to moving around and being with their friends.

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