Friday, August 7

Tele-counselling service records more male callers


KUCHING: More men than women have sought tele-counselling from Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS) since it started on March 24, says its Rehabilitation and Legislation Division head Mohd Ali Taib.

Out of 151 calls received as at yesterday, 94 callers were males and 57 were females.

“We opined that there are more men working outside their homes who are worried about contracting Covid-19 and not being able to provide for their families.

“There are also more men than women callers from Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) and Person-Under-Surveillance (PUS) under the state Health Department,” he said when contacted by thesundaypost yesterday.

Mohd Ali pointed out that 97 callers were PUI/PUS, JKMS staff (40) and community (14).

“Out of the total, 51 callers shared their concerns; 17 talked about careers; families (12); stress (11); depression (9); financial issues (9); sadness (4) and panic attack (1),” he said.

The tele-counselling service is a crisis intervention and psychological support service open daily from 8am to 5pm to support to those who are directly or indirectly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Just scan a QR code provided in the JKMS Rehabilitation and Legislation Division official Facebook page (Bahagian Pemulihan dan Perundangan JKM Sarawak) to register. Alternatively, call 082-514141.