The Green Ribbon Group is a closely-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 wide range of backgrounds – Politics and Law; History and International Relations; Psychology; and Information Management and Business Technology.
We have a big dream to reach but we are not afraid to start small.
YAM Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah
Aside from being a wife and a Mama, I have been searching for my purpose in life. I feel I have found my calling in the Green Ribbon Group. I finally understand the quote, ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ What keeps me going is simple – I would like everyone to feel that they matter; to know that they are cared for and supported. No one will go through their mental health journey alone. I hope to build a more compassionate and empathetic world for my son and the future generations to come. My role is to spread kindness and the Green Ribbon Group is my platform to do so.
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 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
Mental health needs more conversation in our country, and it 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 wanted to emulate her efforts by giving back to society too. Our mental health matters. Change starts from us, and I believe we, as a collective society can and will make 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. I have been fortunate with the Green Ribbon Group as I am able to witness 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.