Gila is a compilation of untold stories from individuals whom have lived with mental illness in Malaysia – a country that considers matters of the mind to be a taboo subject to have a conversation about. There’s more to the launch than just to celebrate it being published, the organisers have also invited several organisations that support this cause – Mentari Selayang, Malaysian Mental Health Association, and Befrienders KL – for guests to discuss topics like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia with. Plus, guests have the option of having a mental health check-up too. There are numerous activities planned for the day, including a demonstration from a certified music therapist, progressive muscle relaxation classes, and ways to doodle your way to peacefulness. Immediately after the Gila book launch, folks from Yasmin at Kong Heng will be setting up for a screening entitled Lup Chew — what they’ll be showing is a surprise but we’re sure it’s going to tug at everyone’s heartstrings á la Yasmin Ahmad (well, it is going to be Yasmin-related). Get there early to reserve a seat!
More information on the event here.