Iskandar Puteri, 10 October 2021 – EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“EduCity”) today announced the first team that was certified as Mental Health First Aiders that is made of eight (8) staff members in conjunction with “The Epilogue of H.A.P.P.Y. (Healthy, Active and Peaceful Practises for You) Clinic 2021: Embracing Mental Health Across Generations” webinar programme today, that was organised in conjunction of World Mental Health Day.

Today’s event is the epilogue of EduCity’s continuous effort to champion the discussion on Mental Health that was kicked off in June 2021 under the theme of H.A.P.P.Y Clinic Series. The first and second clinics focused on students of higher education institutions, with the first series featuring Associate Professor Dr. Muhamad Saiful Bahri Yusoff, Department of Medical Education, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (U.S.M.) with the topic of “The Wonders of Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education”. The second series featured Dr. Chai Wen Jia Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Raffles University, with “Fact OR Fiction? Understand how the pandemic impacts brain function and mental health.”

The third series was a pre-hype towards EduCity’s announcement today. The topic of “Ask Me! Introduction to Being a Mental Health 1st Aider” was presented by Idalyn Rahman, a Certified Mental 1st Aider representative of EduCity Academy. This series introduces an essential set of skills for an individual to support someone who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, much like learning CPR to help someone with a heart attack.

“We decided to train our staff members, that includes the student warden at EduCity Village as Mental Health First Aiders. Globally, we are at the endemic stage, and our students will be allowed to come back to the campus in phases. We understand some will have some challenges coping with the uncertainty of things, and now will need to adapt to learning based on new requirements that adhere to SOP. Students experience severe zoom fatigue, and some will have difficulties coping with studying, especially when you cannot physically interact with your peers and lecturers. This is where a Mental Health First Aider plays an important role. They will offer early intervention, just like the H.A.P.P.Y. Mental Health First Aid Kit. The Mental Health First Aiders are trained to recognise people’s struggles, look out for the signs, triggers, and symptoms, and find out how to guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help,” said Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Wan Ahmad Radzi, Managing Director of EduCity Iskandar.

He further added that this year’s World Mental Health Day programme was curated to embrace a bigger target audience.

The one-day was streamed live on Zoom and TikTok, with topics that target Working Profesional, Parents and Youth. Featuring speakers from prestigious medical and educational backgrounds, the event was supported by TikTok Malaysia, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, IDRISSI School EduCity Iskandar Puteri, Stellar Education Group, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as event partners. The programme also received support from strategic partners, Institut Dato’ Onn, Iskandar Puteri Tourism Action Council, and is part of the event promoted by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)  under its Iskandar Malaysia 15-Year Campaign (IM15CC) banner.

In total, the one-day event received 207 participants on Zoom and 20,000 viewers on  TikTok. EduCity also gave out the exclusive H.A.P.P.Y. Mental Health First Aid Kit to the most active participants during the Q&A sessions.

The details of the three (3) sessions are as follows:

  1. “Working Through the Uncertainty of a Pandemic: How Can We Make This New Normal Work for Work?” by Dr David Tan, Psychiatry Registrar, Hospital Universiti Malaysia Sabah, together with  moderator, Ijlal Nadzir, Executive and Leadership Coach
  2. “Parents’ Roles in PromotingTeenagers’ Mental Health” by Prof. Dr Marhani Midin, Consultant Psychiatrist, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, together with  moderator Hamidah Helmei, Principal of IDRISSI International School
  3. “Back to University: Coping with Uncertainty & Reset of Mindset” by Kesantini Athinarayananrao, Counsellor, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, together with  moderator Azizah Khalid Merican, EduCity Iskandar

EduCity Iskandar Malaysia is Asia’s first multi-campus education city and a preferred studying destination that consists of higher education institutions, training centres and international schools.

The list of higher education institutions is Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, Netherlands Maritime University College, University of Reading Malaysia, Kolej MDIS Malaysia, Raffles University, University of Southampton Malaysia and EduCity International College (to commence by 2022). The list of schools is Marlborough College Malaysia, Raffles American School and IDRISSI International School (to commence by 2021).

The two training centres are Reliance Aviation Academy and EduCity’s own brand called EduCity Academy. Through EduCity Academy, we are set to become a one-stop talent lifecycle solution and ecosystem developer that will offer specially curated courses for the student and working community.  This training centre also acts as an accreditation platform that offers micro-credential as part of its value.

EduCity offers quality shared facilities in the form of a state-of-the-art sports complex (EduCity Sports Complex), an innovative social space (EduCity Hub) that also feature a co-working space meant for students and start-ups incubation (FastSpace) and student accommodation (EduCity Village).

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