Roundtable Discussion at the Malaysian High Commision

27th June 2022

On the 27 June 2022, the Green Ribbon Group (GRG) held a 2-hour roundtable discussion at the Malaysian High Commission in Belgrave Square as part of our trip to London. The event was attended by Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Zahid Rastam and representatives from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Education Malaysia, the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA), MERCY Malaysia UK (MMUK) and the United Kingdom and Eire Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC). The event was chaired by GRG’s very own Advocacy and Programmes Executive, Marsya Shamshul Bahari.

GRG x YTM: The GREAT Project Launch Roundtable

11th June 2022

On the 11 June 2022, we had an open forum on mental health. The Green Ribbon Group is very thankful to MMU University for hosting, and to Yayasan TM for their support. A special thank you to Dr Amer Siddiq, Dr Andrew Mohanraj and Miss Nurain Sofiya from UiTM Bukit Besi for participating in the discussion!

“The ability to manage the way we think, feel and act, in terms of how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices, is a skill that can be taught.” 

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah

Wellbeing Campaign 2022: Exercise Week

25th May 2022

Time heals. 

From this discussion, we learnt that acknowledging our grief can be very tough — but we have to move through grief, not past it. There are however things we can do that may help us cope with our grief, such as taking care of our sleep, nutrition, and reaching out to our loved ones.

“The process of grief is adjusting to the new normal”  

- Mr Shankar Thiruchelvam

Wellbeing Campaign 2022:
Sleep Week

18th May 2022

“We are all electrical by virtue. So when do we charge? We charge when we sleep!” — Dr. Lalitha Pereira 

“If we don’t get enough sleep, our performance for the next day will be affected.” — Dr. Sean Thum 

- Dr. Lalitha Pereira and Dr. Sean Thum

Wellbeing Campaign 2022: Nutrition Week

11th May 2022

Here are some tips from Ili!

– The 80 / 20 rule – eat in moderation! 

– Wholefoods are the way to go.

– To kick off eating healthy, start small and eliminate one thing at a time. If you’re not a cook, challenge yourself to start cooking now

- Ili Sulaiman

Green Ribbon Group x Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Roundtable

30th March 2022

The Green Ribbon Group (GRG) held a roundtable with students and staff of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia on Wednesday, 30 March 2022.

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 stigmatisation amongst university students; and (iii) peer support and the importance of having a strong support system.

GRG hopes that the roundtable will be a first of many held with other universities, both public and private. A report based on these findings will be published in 2023.

My Experience Voicing for Others

28th November 2021

“Mental health advocacy means taking a risk to show your vulnerability by telling the truth in hopes of encouraging someone else. It means standing up for those who do not a voice, and it shows that those who are experiencing a mental health problem are not alone in their struggles, and that it is completely normal to be experiencing what they are experiencing.”

- Marsya Shamshul Bahari

National Youth Convention 2021

30th October 2021

If we tackle mental health in early childhood and adolescence, we set our children up for resiliency in their adult years. With resiliency comes productivity and with productivity comes a sense of joy and fulfilment. We can reimagine the future of education and work for our youth, but we must all be equally prepared to face the reality of today. Mental health is the foundation that we must get right.

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah

Instagram Live with Joe Flizzow & Alyph

13th October 2021

When it comes to men’s mental health specifically, the key message that I’d like to get across is that mental health does not discriminate, we all have emotions (it’s what makes us human), and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with learning how to process our emotions.

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah

PwC World Mental Health Day 2021: Be Kind to Your Mind

I think empathy and vulnerability are important qualities to have in a leader. I think our role is to support first and foremost – ask your employees how they are feeling and listen to what they have to say without judgement. Perhaps these individuals feel alone in their struggle so some words of encouragement and a listening ear may really go a long way. Senior management should also consider basic mental health training into work modules – it’s about prioritising mental wellbeing in the workplace.

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah

Wira Siber

24th April 2021

“Bullying — whether physical bullying or cyberbullying — will severely affect one’s self esteem, confidence, and self-worth, which will ultimately affect their mental health too. As a community, we must cultivate a safe environment in which victims of cyberbullying will feel safe to report these threats.”

- Marsya Shamshul Bahari

Agenda AWANI: Tengku Puteri Iman & Ariane

12th April 2021

Anyone who has an active social media platform is vulnerable to cyberbullying. It seems that the standards are such that putting yourself out there will definitely leave you vulnerable to bullying. This must change. Spreading love, compassion and kindness need not be constricted to the physical. How we conduct ourselves offline is how we should also conduct ourselves online.

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah

RISE: Future Female Leaders Forum (Sustainable Mental Health in Leadership)

13th March 2021

It is important to never lose sight of why we started what we are doing. I am always reminding my team that the Green Ribbon Group’s mission is a marathon, not a sprint.  It’s always helpful for us to get back to basics when things start to get a little too difficult, and to break our goals down into smaller tasks. There is a need to also be realistic about what you can do or how far you can go with the resources and time that you have. 

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah

My Mind on Film

20th February 2021

My Mind on Film is a fantastic initiative to raise awareness on mental health struggles in everyday life. The films were diverse, realistic portrayals because not everyone goes through the same thing. We’ve got to be aware that sometimes people do not reach out for help – in a way, mental health challenges are in itself a silent pandemic. I found it very inspiring that finalists shared their perspectives on mental health, which will hopefully inspire others to do the same.” 

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah

IDEAS + RELATE Malaysia: Youth Suicide in Malaysia

19th February 2021

More investments must be made in the mental health of our children. This includes mental resilience in early education. Our children should be taught how to manage negative emotional responses like social isolation, as well as negative emotional experiences like bullying. 

- YAM Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah