Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) is a non-profit voluntary organisation managed by an elected committee of interested persons and professionals in the community. MMHA was formed in 1967 by a group of mental health professionals and community leaders from University Hospital MMHA was officially registered under the Societies Act 1966 on 30th July 1968.

  • To promote mental health in the community.
  • To help raise the standard of treatment, prevention and research in the field of mental health.
  • To provide rehabilitative services for the mentally ill.
  • To safeguard the interests and welfare of psychiatric patients.
  • To support caregivers and family members of mentally ill persons.
History of MMHA
  • The Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) was founded in 1967 by some staff members from University Malaya Medical Centre (formerly known as University Hospital).
  • The people behind the association were a group of psychiatrists, psychologists, medical social workers, nurses and occupational therapists involved in the management of the people with mentally disorders.
  • They felt the need for a non-governmental organization to provide supportive services to psychiatric patients who had recovered or were recovering from their acute phase of the illness.
  • The present membership of MMHA includes people from all walks of life.
  • MMHA was officially registered under the Societies Act 1966 on 30th July 1968, Vide Registration No. 403 (Selangor).


  1. Promote mental health and create greater awareness on mental wellbeing and  illness in the community.
  2. Advocate for positive attitudes towards mental health issues in particular, destigmatising mental illness.
  3. Provide rehab service for those recovering from mental illness.
  4. Safeguard the interests and welfare of people with mental illness.
  5. Support caregivers and family members of people with mental illness.
  6. Supporting and working with others in education, training and research in the promotion of mental health in the country.


At MMHA, we take a holistic approach towards mental illness. We don’t think medication alone is the answer to the treatment of mental health disorders. Thus, we strive to integrate various approaches in the overall psychiatric rehabilitation programme such as:

  • Establishing a cooperative relation to the psychiatrists (ex-house), whom the clients are attending for their medical treatment.
  • Engaging in psychological/therapeutic treatment where a direct relation between counselor and client is established.
  • Offering an environment that seeks to give the clients social opportunities, experiences and events, which they otherwise do not easily have access to.
  • Striving to limit the social consequences of mental health disorders by offering job training programmes and helping clients to find satisfying jobs.
  • Providing our service in a professional manner by adopting evidence-based and best practices.

At MMHA, we also want to create an atmosphere of acceptance, acknowledgement and understanding towards people suffering from a mental health disorder. We believe that creating a holding environment is the ground pillar for any other approach.


  • We are strongly opposed to people with mental health disorders being referred to as people “having lost their senses”. On the contrary, we take the opposite view where people suffering mentally as a result of their senses being too burdened by too much pain and stressful experiences in life.
  • To avoid stigmatizing, we chose to call the people joining MMHA as ‘clients’ and ‘friends’. Also by using these positive connotations we want to emphasize the individuality of our clients/friends with the right to be listened to and understood like any other person.
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Malaysian Mental Health Association

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+603-2780 6803Phone Number
PPM-001-10-3007196Registration Number
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