The Green Ribbon Group is a close-knit team of four. We come from a diverse range of backgrounds – Politics and Law, History and International Relations; Psychology; and Sports Science.
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 children 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 was 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.
Marsya Shamshul Bahari
A mentally healthy community can be achieved through many ways — from institutional change, such as mental health education and policy reform, to scaling up resources by becoming advocates ourselves! I believe 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 admired how my grandmother contributed to 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 my community too, and I hope I am able to inspire others to follow suit. Change starts with us. As a community, I believe we can collectively make a change in the mental health scene in Malaysia together.
Muhammad Irfan Rendrawan
I’ll be very honest; at first, I felt that I didn’t have a personal connection to mental health. I do not have lived experience, nor do I know anyone in the mental health field. But as I pondered, someone close to me said, “Everybody has a personal connection to mental health and for you, it’s because you’re simply interested in it.” I realised you don’t need to be a person with lived experience to help those who are going through a difficult time. We are all responsible and have the power to contribute to mental health in our own way. I believe in the work done here at the Green Ribbon Group. Our community approach will enable us to help propel Malaysia’s mental healthcare forward, to stand alongside countries like Germany and Australia in a few years’ time.