More than 60 Befrienders volunteers from the 8 centers in Malaysia attended the recent National Council of Befrienders Malaysia Annual Workshop 2013 in Malacca. The theme for this workshop is ‘Our Vulnerable Youth: The Unheard Voice’. Speakers at the workshop included Paul K. Jambunathan, a clinical psychologist from Monash University and May Liu, a psychologist from HELP University.
There are Befrienders centers in Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Malacca, Muar, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu.
Every Befrienders center operates as a non-profit community service and non-governmental organization (NGO). They are multi-racial, non-religious and their services are available to everyone, from all walks of life, race, religion, age and sex. They are mainly emotional support centers, through telephone counseling, out-reach and some centers also offer services like emailing and face-to-face counseling.
The Befrienders helplines are: Penang (04-2811108/5161), Ipoh (05-5477933/955), Kuala Lumpur (03-79568144/5), Seremban (06-7653588/9), Melaka (06-2842500/2700), Muar (06-9520313), Johor Bahru (07-3312300), Kota Kinabalu (08-8255788).