What is MENTARI?
MENTARI was established to fulfill the requirement of Mental Health Act 2001 which emphasizes on the improvement of community-based services in enhancing the quality of mental health in the population. It is a new approach initiated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) to improve outreach and re-integration of people with mental health problems into the community.
In order to build a new image and clear all misconceptions, the term “MENTARI” was chosen as an alternative to the official name of Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC). “MENTA” was derived from the word “Mental” and “RI” was derived from the word “Psikiatri”.
This new transformation in service will surely face a lot of new challenges such as social stigmas, lack of staffs, inadequate reach towards the community and inadequate training. Despite that, MENTARI will strive hard in order to overcome these shortcomings.
Advocate, Innovate, Collaborate
As the nationwide pioneer for community-based specialized mental health services, MENTARI facilitates access to the early treatment, community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
Our Key Values and Principles
- Creating interfaces between patients and the community
- Promoting work as a tool for recovery
- Working collaboratively and innovatively
- Influencing the social determinants of health (e.g. employment, education, housing)
- Using evidence to inform our work
Objectives of MENTARI
To promote mental health, provide screening of mental illnesses in secondary and tertiary care and ensure early treatment for psychiatric illnesses.
To reduce stigma and discrimination
To provide continuing, evidence-based treatment in an easily accessible manner in the community
To provide evidence-based rehabilitation programs and psychosocial interventions including supported employment, counselling, psychotherapies, as well as patient and family psychoeducation
Who we are?
A MENTARI is under the direct supervision of a psychiatric hospital shall be under the authority of the head of department/ medical director of that hospital. A psychiatrist will be appointed as person in charge of the Mentari to oversee clinical governance and leadership aspects.
The team in MENTARI worked as a multidisplinary team compromised of not only the Psychiatrist, Medical Officers, Nurses, Assisstant Medical Officer but may be assisted by Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor and even volunteers.
What we do?
MENTARI had programs aimed towards early intervention through our screening of mental health conditions activities. From there, the care pathway can be directed towards our consultation clinic services for early psychological or pharmacological intervention if indicated. For patient with severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, there are psychiatric rehabilitation programs especially Supported Employment Program that supports the process of recovery. Last but not least, MENTARI encourge collaboration with other interested agencies towards betterment of patient’s care.
MENTARI is a new approach initiated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) to improve outreach and re-integration of people with mental health problems into the community.
MENTARI HQ @ Selayang
LG Lot 25B,26,27 Selayang Capitol Kompleks, Selayang – Kepong Highway, 68100 Kuala Lumpur