|14 Apr 2022|
A roundtable discussion with students and staff of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) and the Green Ribbon Group (GRG) was held recently, raising awareness on mental health issues.
Moderated by Marsya Shamshul Bahari, Advocacy & Programmes Executive at GRG, the roundtable gathered opinions and experiences on three topics – (i) the Covid-19 pandemic and its disruptions to daily life; (ii) mental health awareness and the experience of stigma amongst university students; and (iii) peer support and the importance of having a strong support system.
In her welcoming remarks, GRG Founder and President YAM Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah stated that open discussions on youth mental health is very much needed, especially from the youth themselves, given the challenges of the pandemic and the transition towards the endemic phase of Covid-19.
“If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that we must learn to manage disruptions to our everyday lives; mental health is the foundation that we must get right, and positive attitudes towards mental health should be cultivated from young,” according to YAM Tengku Puteri.