The Birth of MIASA

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‘EVERYONE MATTERS’ – The birth and journey with MIASA has been extraordinary. Through my own experience struggling with the disorder and the disturbances that I went through, drove this idea and spirit of advocating this much needed cause, alhamdulillah. The topic of Mental Health Disorders has been taken lightly and never gotten the attention it requires. It’s harder then we, mental  health peers, to portray it, because there’s not enough words even in the dictionary to accurately describe the crippling affects nor the chronicity of it –  especially when it’s not treated and supported.

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MIASA is for every patient that wakes up every morning and continues to brave this disorder, fighting on while having an unwaveringly good opinion of Allah; for every carer that continues to support us despite them not fully understanding; for all the mental health professionals that continue to help and strive to make that difference; and for every person out there that continues to help people like us. Thank you.

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May we strive to reduce stigma, end the discrimination and inequality so that finally, mental health peers will be accepted in society like any other person because they too deserve those same chances that we willingly give and provide to patients with physical disability or illness.

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.For a better Malaysia, together. Insha Allah.

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Anita Abu Bakar

President of MIASA.

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