KUALA LUMPUR: Those struggling with emotional breakdowns due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) can call the Talian Kasih helpline to seek help and emotional support.
The hotline was set up as part of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry's initiative in providing psychological support to those affected by the stay-home order which has now been extended to April 14 to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Its minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun said the initiative was to ensure the mental health stability of the people.
She said the helpline, providing counselling services to support people experiencing emotional distress, was open to Covid-19 patients; beneficiaries of those who had died due to the deadly disease; health workers at the quarantine centres as well as others affected by the MCO.
Rina said a total of 528 counsellors under the Board of Counsellors of Malaysia and the Welfare Department (JKM) from across the country would be involved in the special tele-counselling service line.
Those under emotional distress due to the Covid-19 situation, the minister said, should contact Talian Kasih immediately so that they would get the support needed to cope with the crisis.
“I hope that the sharing of problems and tele-counselling services will benefit everyone including children, women, senior citizens and disabled people (OKU) to prevent other social problems such as abuse and domestic violence to a point which can increase risk in safety,” she said in a statement.
Those who need help could contact the Talian Kasih hotline at 15999 or WhatsApp 019-2615999.
The hotline is available 24 hours everyday.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a special address announced that the MCO had been extended until April 14.
Malaysia is currently under a 14-day MCO which came into force on March 18 as a preventive measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection.
He said the move was crucial in flattening the Covid-19 curve.