Back in February 2023, it was reported that the government had intentions to convert MySejahtera (MySJ) into an extensive digital super app for public health. The objective was to utilise large-scale data from various health-related sources to steer the nation’s healthcare strategies. This included tasks such as allocating budgets effectively, delivering optimal health services, and ensuring seamless facilitation for the public. So if you are in need of mental help, the app can provide some assistance.
The Star reports that to address the increasing mental health challenges in the country, the MySJ app has introduced new features specifically dedicated to mental health. One of these features is the inclusion of a mental health helpline called Talian Heal, which operates from 8 am to midnight daily, including public holidays. The helpline is staffed by counselling officers from the Ministry of Health (MoH).
Under the Minda Sihat feature within the MySJ app, users have access to various mental health services, including the Talian Heal helpline, psychosocial support information, mental health information, and self-assessment tools. These additions aim to improve the availability of mental health support and resources for individuals.
Dr. Zaliha Mustafa, the Health Minister, acknowledged the significant impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health, which has created unprecedented challenges for the healthcare system. She emphasised that addressing the rising trend of mental health issues is one of the biggest challenges faced by the health sector.
In an effort to enhance access to mental health services, the MoH has taken the initiative to develop a dedicated mental health module within the MySJ app. This module aims to provide self-help resources, mental health screening, and education to empower individuals in managing their mental well-being effectively.