EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“EduCity”) launched H.A.P.P.Y (Healthy, Active and Peaceful Practices for You), Malaysia first Mental Health First Aid Kit during the EduCity Educators Conference and Webinar on themed Mental Wellbeing of Higher Education in conjunction with World Mental Health Day 2020 on 10th October 2020.
The educator’s conference and webinar were attended by about 200 online participants who included lecturers, students, and EduCity Iskandar’s strategic partners. Recognising the red flags of mental wellbeing in higher education, EduCity Iskandar takes the initiative to support the global’s call with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Most importantly, to raise awareness among EduCity Iskandar’s educators, students, support staff and the community.
“With the introduction of H.A.P.P.Y – the first mental health first aid kit in Malaysia, we aim to increase the chances for early intervention among EduCity Iskandar students and staff, which can result in a fast recovery. The mental health first aid kit is containing flashcards with important information and contact numbers, eye mask, stress ball and earplugs. We have produced 100 kits to be distributed to higher learning institutions in EduCity Iskandar,” said Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Wan Ahmad Radzi, Managing Director of EduCity Iskandar.
“We understand that students are having difficulty accessing mental health care despite experiencing higher rates of depression and anxiety once the pandemic began. They miss college, they miss their peers, and they miss the string of activities that keep happening on campus,” added Wan Ahmad Saifuddin.
The conference and webinar had in-depth discussions on mental health issues in higher learning institutions and covered eight (8) topics viz. Supporting Students to Promote and Maintain Wellbeing, presented by Mr. Khairul Azhar Idris EXCO Member, Persatuan Psikologi Malaysia (PSIMA) & Fellow, Center for Economic and Social Studies, IKIM; Elephant in the Closet: Students in Higher Education, shared by Dr. Nor Rahidah Abd RahimConsultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Columbia Asia Hospital; Women Mental Wellbeing: Psychosocial Perspective, speak by Dr. Fariza YahyaConsultant Psychiatrist,Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II;Mental Wellbeing of Clinicians in a Research Intensive University, viewed by Prof. ZabidiAzhar Mohd. HussinPro Vice-Chancellor, Academic, International Medical University; Dr Tan Kok Wei Lecturer in Psychology University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) presenting Coping with Life Changes and the New Normal; Move-Up to Successful Lifestyle by Dr Samuel Chan Sr. Lecturer/ Program Director/ University Counsellor. Raffles University (RU), and Cultivating Resilience among Learners in Higher Education, by Dr Shazli Ezzat Bin Hj. Ghazali Vice President, Persatuan Psikologi Malaysia (PSIMA).
“Despite these struggles, many institutions are finding ways to provide the resources and tools students need. Experts recommend that higher learning institutions incorporate social and emotional learning in classes or online classes to help students connect with who they are – their emotions, identity, values, and how that fits into the larger world,” Wan Ahmad Saifuddin concluded.
EduCity Iskandar is a catalyst development driven by Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) as a fully integrated education city to compliment IIB’s promoted sectors. The best in class faculties in EduCity Iskandar is expected to be a feeder of talents to support Iskandar Malaysia’s various economic activities whilst grooming the future generation of leaders. EduCity is a unique gateway to students in Asia because of its strategic location within the growth triangle of Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. It is well connected to major cities in the region such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Indonesia and others via land, sea, air and rail.
EduCity Iskandar was launched in 2009 when they were recognised as Entry Point Project (EPP). Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) was the catalytic driver for EduCity and played an integral role to ensure the success of Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (EPP 11). It is currently home to nine (9) reputable learning institutions that are Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, University of Southampton Malaysia, Multimedia University, University of Reading Malaysia, Kolej MDIS Malaysia, Raffles University, Marlborough College Malaysia and Raffles American School.