Head of Department Dr. Hjh Salina Abdul Aziz
Phone 03-2615 5555 ext 1043/1044
Fax 03-26987394
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The Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Hospital Kuala Lumpur coordinates important psychiatry and mental health service programmes in Malaysia. We provide psychiatry treatment and mental health promotion to clients in the Klang Valley area.


The General Hospital Kuala Lumpur (GHKL) Psychiatry Unit was established in 1971, following the implementation of the decentralization policy at that time. With the guidance of Dr Haji S.M. Haq, its first head of department, this unit was formed in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Neuroscience Institute (IKTAR), together with the neurology and neurosurgical units. In 1976, GHKL Psychiatry Unit had an 82-bed capacity and was a referral centre covering a large area, including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and some parts of (west) Pahang.

Currently, the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Hospital Kuala Lumpur continues to grow and evolve. The department is a referral and training centre for the whole of Malaysia. With its various subspecialties, including community psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry; the department provides excellent service to all strata of society.


To produce a balanced and healthy citizen from the psychological perspectives by giving emphasis on the mental health promotion, psychosocial problem prevention and to prioritize the customer rights.


To provide professional mental health, psychiatric and rehabilitation services to patients, in keeping with their basic human rights in mind.


1.To provide excellent and quality psychiatry and mental health services.

2.To provide training in psychiatry and mental health to staff and clients.

3. To encourage the active participation of staff members in research and quality improvement programmes.


1. Upholding of clients’ basic human rights.

2. Giving professional treatment and care.

3. Safeguarding the confidentiality of clients and their treatment.

4. Promoting mental health education to all clients.

5. Ensuring that all patients are given adequate medications and appointment dates upon discharge

Organization Chart

Services Provided:

1. Outpatient Services

2. Inpatient Services

3. Community Psychiatry Services

4. Addiction Psychiatry Services

5. Geriatric Psychiatry Services

6. Neuropsychiatry Services

7. Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Services

8. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services (at Tunku Azizah Hospital)

9. Clinical Psychology Services

10. Occupational Therapy Treatment

11. Courses and Training Programmes

1. Outpatient Services

Treatment for common issues including stress, depression, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, and trauma. Treatment is also offered for conditions such as psychosis (e.g., hearing invisible voices, a change in pattern of speech, thinking or behaviour), and bipolar illness (unstable emotions, extreme fluctuation between sadness and anger or elated mood).

2. Inpatient Services

Short and temporary admission to the ward for treatment of acute mood disorders, changes in thinking and behavioural patterns which might bring danger to themselves or others.

3. Community Psychiatry Services

Psychiatry treatment services at home and community-based psychosocial rehabilitation.

4. Addiction Psychiatry Services

Treatment services for addiction issues such as methamphetamine (ice, syabu), opioids (heroin, morphine, tramadol), cannabis, alcohol et cetera. Provides Methadone Replacement Therapy Programme. Also provides treatment for behavioural addiction such as gambling addiction.

5. Geriatric Psychiatry Services

Treatment for psychiatry issues among senior citizens including dementia (problems with memory and behaviour) and depression.

6. Neuropsychiatry Services

Treatment for neuropsychiatry issues such as psychosis in epilepsy patients, young-age dementia, and psychosis in Parkinson Disease.

7. Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Services

Consultation and liaison services on psychiatry issues related to other medical conditions, such as maternal health (obstetrics and gynaecology), surgical issues, kidney-related issues (nephrology), and organ donation services.

8. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services (at Tunku Azizah Hospital)

Treatment for health issues in children and adolescents such as learning difficulties, ADHD (issues with focus during learning and hyperactivity), autism (issues in communication, social interactions, narrow and repetitive interests/behaviours), and mood and behavioural issues.

9. Clinical Psychology Services

Psychological evaluation services including intelligence assessments, neuropsychology, neurodevelopmental, personality and behaviour disorders, and forensic assessments. Also provides psychotherapy (talking therapy) such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy (MBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), group therapy, and Marital and Couple Therapy. Furthermore, cognitive rehabilitation and behavioural management services are also provided.

10. Occupational Therapy Treatment

Mental, physical, and psychosocial rehabilitation treatments to enable patients to reach optimal functioning by providing therapeutic activities as a treatment medium.

11. Courses and Training Programmes

Numerous courses and training programs in both national and international arenas.

Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) is the National Referral Centre & the Department of Psychiatry aims at excellence in all fields of endeavour. Hence, the Department of Psychiatry, HKL is vigorously involved in several research projects.

As this department is one of the bigger departments of psychiatry in the country, there are several national & departmental research activities that are ongoing. Also, several industry sponsored studies are ongoing.

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