The Green Ribbon Group is a close-knit team of four women. We believe in the need to not only improve mental healthcare in Malaysia, but to also encourage a community approach. We come from a diverse range of backgrounds – Politics; History and International Relations; Psychology; and Information Management and Business.
We have big dreams but we are not afraid to start small.
YAM Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah
“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” This quote by Fabienne Fredrickson truly resonates with me. What keeps me going is simple – I would like everyone to feel like they matter and to know that they are cared for and supported. I believe that no one should have to go through their mental health journey alone and I hope to contribute towards building a more compassionate and empathetic world for my son and the generations to come.
Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin
The Green Ribbon Group wasn’t something that YAM Tengku Puteri and I ever planned on doing. We were quite happy to formalise our work together for a year, while she is International Patron. But the support for my friend to raise awareness on mental health has simply been too overwhelming to ignore. I believe in YAM Tengku Puteri and her ability to drive change. I believe in my country and my fellow citizens’ ability to spread kindness and compassion, and I am confident that Malaysia will set standards on a community approach to mental health. For those wanting to improve mental healthcare in our country, the Green Ribbon Group is at your service.
Marsya Shamshul Bahari
There needs to be more conversation on mental health in our country, and this is something I aim to do through the Green Ribbon Group. Why mental health? It is simple – because I care. I grew up admiring how my grandmother contributed to the welfare of society through the platform she worked in. She never failed to remind me to be kind, respectful and to always give back whenever I can. Naturally, I grew up wanting to emulate her efforts by giving back to society too. Our mental health matters. Change starts from us, and I believe, collectively as a society, we can and will make a change in the mental health scene in Malaysia together.
One of our shortcomings as humans is that we subconsciously label, stereotype and judge. I feel that we can make people aware of these shortcomings consciously. Not all wounds are visible. It is our moral obligation to look after one another. Especially those who are closest to us. With the Green Ribbon Group, I am fortunate to be able to witness first-hand, their courage and determination to raise awareness, as well as to reduce the stigma of mental health. Together with our community, we can create conversations and engagement that can pave the way for lasting change.