Sneha Centre: Providing mental health and psychosocial support in Cambodia

The majority of the time, when people hear the word “healthy,” they immediately think of physical attributes like low cholesterol, strong cardiac health, and the absence of disease.

Unfortunately, millions of people experience mental health issues that can be just as crippling as some of the worst physical illnesses.

Due to the professional treatment provided by mental health professionals, the majority of these people have a better quality of life. However, many people never receive assistance because they either don’t ask for it or don’t have the necessary access.

A comprehensive evaluation of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers industry reveals that it has grown steadily over the last half-decade. Mental health counseling services are required regardless of economic situations, insulating the industry from fluctuations in the economy.

As people get back to work and have a consistent income, private health insurance will become more accessible, encouraging people to seek mental health treatment when they need it.

Around 40% of Cambodians are believed to be suffering from mental health and psychological issues. Several studies show that Cambodia has high levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the Suicide rate is substantially higher than the global average.

Unfortunately, there is a huge gap between what is required and what is accessible in Cambodia to alleviate the pressure of mental diseases and enhance mental health. For instance,

  • Out-patient mental health services are provided by only 2% of health centers (18 out of 967).
  • Only 59 percent of referral hospitals (50 out of 84) provide out-patient mental health treatments.
  • There are just two psychiatric in-patient units in the country, with a total of 14 beds, serving a population of around 15 million people.
  • For the entire country, just 35 qualified psychiatrists and 45 psychiatric nurses are available, with the majority of them based in Phnom Penh.

Sneha Centre run by Sotheary Yim and her team, in Cambodia is a certified counseling (private practice) firm that specializes in assisting individuals with mental health issues.

Sotheary Yim

Conducting mental health assessments, developing individualized treatment plans, leading individual or group therapy sessions, running precautionary mental wellness classes or workshops, making treatment consultations, online counseling services, and self-help book and materials are all part of Sneha Centre’s business services.

In PhnomPenh, Cambodia, Sneha Centre is located between a densely populated residential and commercial region.

Instead of looking or expecting Sneha (love, affection, friendship) from others, Sneha Centre promotes Self-Love (Self-Sneha).  Self-Sneha means to appreciate who you are, what you have, what you want to do and what you want to be. It means to take care of your own needs and not sacrifice your well-being to please others. Self-Sneha creates healthy relationships, homes, workplaces and careers.

Within the mental health industry in Cambodia, Sneha Centre provides a variety of mental health counseling services.

Sotheary Yim, Founding Director of Sneha Centre says, “Our purpose in starting our mental health counseling business is to assist our clients in overcoming adversity, achieving personal goals, and improving their competence, capacity, and productivity while also profiting from the business, and we will do everything possible under Cambodian law to achieve our goals.”

Are you looking for ways to enhance your mental health?  If you or someone you care about needs assistance with a mental health issue, know that it is possible.

Just keep in mind that your chances of a positive outcome increase the earlier you address a mental health illness.

You can seek assistance from friends or family members, professional counselors like Sotheary Yim of Sneha Centre, community clinics, support groups, online resources, individual or family therapy, and more.

“You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” — Julian Seifter

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