18 March 2023

Contributing Factors To Psychological Distress, Coping Strategies, and Help-seeking Behaviours

The impact of COVID-19 on the population is widespread and the low socio-economic group had the worse impact. In Malaysia, this group includes those living in the People’s Housing Project (PPR). Adolescents living in PPR communities are some of the most vulnerable populations of adolescents in the urban setting, as they were already experiencing pre-existing conditions of vulnerability. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis further aggravated these deprivations and low-income families in PPR communities are disproportionately affected. The main objective of this study is to determine the mental health status of adolescents living in Klang Valley PPRs during the COVID-19 pandemic; with two specific objectives: 1. To determine the prevalence of psychological distress among adolescents living in the PPRs during the COVID-19 pandemic; and 2. To explore the source of psychological distress, coping strategies and their help-seeking behaviour in dealing with psychological distress among adolescents living in the PPRs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a mixed-methods study funded by UNICEF. The participants were adolescents aged 10 to 17 years living in selected PPRs in the Klang Valley. From the 37 PPRs, a total of 1,578 adolescents completed the questionnaire and 47 participated in the in-depth interviews (IDIs). Data collection commenced on 1 April 2022 and ended on 30 September 2022.  
26 May 2021

Innovating for Children

How can we use innovation and technology to create a safe and healthy living environment for all children in Malaysia? , UNICEF Malaysia is calling for innovative, creative and impactful solutions with game-changing models that will help address mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS), and access to a safe and clean environment for all children in Malaysia. Does your startup have the edge to tackle these issues in an inclusive and holistic manner? Do you…, About the Challenge, The MyUNICEF Impact Challenge is a UNICEF Malaysia initiative in collaboration with MaGIC’s Social Impact Challenge Accelerator (SICA). The initiative aims at supporting startups and entrepreneurs that are actively innovating, with purposeful intent for positive impact around mental health and psychosocial support as well as and safe and clean…, The brass tacks, Why Join? , Being shortlisted presents evidence that you are solving a real problem innovatively and sustainably, in the views of international development organisations and industry experts.  Selected finalists can expect to receive a cash prize from a pool of RM50,000, mentorship hours and exclusive access to an impact-focused accelerator program curated by…, Who can join? , Startups or established ventures  A registered business entity in Malaysia with proven solutions and a track record of minimum 12 months. Young startups are particularly encouraged to participate!  Technology-based  Ideally incorporating the use of technology within the solution or the solution itself can be technology-based.  Solid human capacity…, Important dates , Key Dates Events 31 May 2021 Application Opens 8 June 2021 “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” Webinar #1 Click to Register Now 23​ June 2021 “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” Webinar #2 ​​4 July 2021​​ Application Closes ​​5 - ​​​​9 July 2021​ Application review and clarification process. 12 July 2021 Shortlisted applicants announced 19 July 2021 Virtual Pitch Day …, Frequently Asked Questions, To read a PDF of the full FAQs, please download here .  , The fine print, Participating in the challenge means you accept UNICEF's Privacy Policy . You can find details here and in our footer in the link 'Legal'. About SICA: Find out more on Social Impact Challenge Accelerator (SICA) MaGIC's site .  To read the full Terms and Conditions, please download here . This Challenge is a collaboration between challenge logos