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In the fight against mental illness – the second biggest health problem after heart disease in Malaysia – Sime Darby in collaboration with Yayasan Sime Darby organised the Great Minds Charity Run and Ride 2019, which was attended by 500 participants.

The event was held in conjunction with World Health Mental Day, in Bandar Ainsdale, Seremban. The aim of the campaign was to attract participants from all age groups, to promote health through an active lifestyle. It was designed to help educate students on mental health, and educate them on the detection of mental health issues while teaching them how to reach out to those in need, and the platforms they can reach out to. Aside from that, the campaign also acted as a platform to raise funds and health awareness.

All the proceeds of the event were channelled to campaign partners, including Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) and Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association (MIASA) to further promote awareness on mental health as well as assist in funding the Shelter Home for Children in Petaling Jaya, Selangor and the Shelter for Women and Children in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

The event was officiated and flagged off by acting group chief executive officer of Sime Darby Property, Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri and Yayasan Sime Darby chief executive officer, Pn Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin.

Said Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri, “Happy and healthy families are the foundation of our developments and we want to do our part in continuing the conversation about mental health in the country. Prevention is always better than any cure and just like any other physical illnesses, exercise is the best way for us to prevent mental illness.”

Wan Hashimi further added, “We have a long history of community care and outreach. Under our CSR initiatives, we support a variety of community activities such as philanthropic contributions to the poor and indigenous groups, healthcare programmes, refurbishment of schools, supporting sports and cultural events as well as responding to emergency relief efforts. We will continue to support these causes in the future. Our appreciation goes to our partners and sponsors for their commitment in carrying out this campaign.”

The three focus areas of the Great Minds Campaign are on increasing awareness, educating the society on early detection of mental health issues, and engaging stakeholders on methods for caring for mental health through workshops, forums, partnership engagements and awareness programmes. Campaign partners MMHA and MIASA also held exhibitions at the Great Minds Charity Run & Ride event.

According to Pn. Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin, “There is more awareness of mental health issues today thanks to the multitude of voices speaking up about the subject matter. YSD is honoured to play a bigger role in combatting this disease and creating awareness so that the public has the knowledge to reach out and seek the necessary help. The Great Minds campaign is one such programme that engages school children, university students and corporate employees through workshops, forums and sporting activities that encourage mental and physical well-being.”

The campaign has prompted the completion of four mental health awareness workshops to-date: “Bengkel Emosi dan Harapan (EH!)” at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Wangsa Melawati, SK Taman Bukit Subang, and SMK Bukit Jelutong; with the participation of 115 school children. The workshops also acted as a platform for students to reach out to the appropriate personnel if they were being affected mentally and emotionally.

A circle time session was also rolled out in September 2019 with the participation of 25 ladies from Shelter Home for Woman & Children Seremban. A forum will be held with Help University Subang, and will involve the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), SEGi College Subang Jaya and universities located within Pagoh Education Hub, as well as the employees of the Sime Darby corporate offices. Over 1,300 participants will benefit from the campaign.

To find out more about the campaign, visit https://mmha.org.my/.

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(8th November 2019)


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