Youth Mental Health Handbook

At Brickfields Asia College

The Mind Matters Network’s ‘Youth Mental Health Handbook Launch Event’ was conducted on the 24th November, 2021 at BAC. This handbook covers common mental health struggles faced by youth, coping strategies and resources to reach out to for support. Joined by the authors of the book, this event brings the audience an even deeper understanding of youth mental health.

The event started off with greetings from our emcees of the day, Sarah and Tristan. The two of them touched on the topic of green ribbons and how it was a part of the mental health initiative and its representation of mental health awareness. Following that, a brief introduction to Mind Matters Network was also provided before Dato Bindi Rajasegaran was invited to the stage.

Dato Bindi Rajasegaran is the founding member of the National Coalition for Mental Wellbeing and the District Governor of Rotary 3300. She emphasised on how the youth must be empowered with resources and knowledge to strengthen their consciousness to face external and internal challenges bravely. Not only did she thank the rotarians in Canada for their help and support, Dato Bindi also said that the book provides the much needed information and knowledge regarding mental health for youth, and how the book is the start of Mind Matters Network’s legacy and the youth’s voice.



RYLA 2023

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) event was held at the scenic Agrotek Garden Resort, Hulu Langat. Picture 85 vibrant and dynamic individuals, aged 18-25, coming together for two days packed with workshops designed to unlock their full employability potential.

Mental Health Literacy Programme

Bringing together a group of like-minded youth, Mind Matters Network (MMN) kickstarted their inaugural Mental Health Literacy Programme at Stella Maris International School on May 13, 2023.

Psychological First Aid Training 2023

HELP University hosted a transformative event where participants came together for a Psychological First Aid (PFA) training program. NCMW collaborated with MMN, HELP University, KKM, and Rotary Malaysia to equip participants with tools to provide immediate support during crises. Inspiring speeches, interactive sessions, and practical exercises empower attendees to make a positive difference in mental well-being.

"You don’t have to live that way; you don’t have to struggle in silence. You can be unsilenced. You can live well with a mental health condition as long as you open up to somebody about it, because it’s really important you share your experience with people so that you can get the help that you need."

The next session was the panel session with Professor Dr Philip George, Addiction Specialist and Advisor of MMN; Ms Vinorra Shaker, Head of Programme of Psychology at Veritas University College; and Ms Sharrada Segeran, who is the co-founder and Director of MMN. Mr Terrence Hugo took on the role as moderator for this session.

When asked about what she hoped to achieve, Ms Sharrada stated that there were so many organisations dedicated to mental health, but none specifically for the youth and by the youth. She also mentioned that for an organisation to be sustainable and possible, they had to go on the large scale, which was where the National Coalition of Mental Wellbeing came in. Ms Sharrada admitted that she was initially unsure whether the youth’s voices would be heard, but now realized that the youth are capable of running organizations and voicing out opinions. She also emphasised on how she hoped that conversations about mental health would still continue.

For the launch of the handbook, the emcees invited Sharrada and Dr Philip back to the stage to commence the grand reveal of the highly awaited handbook. The presentation of the handbook was led by Sharrada and Dr Philip. The emcees called upon Dato Bindi, Puan Siti, and the other guests to take a group photo.

Mind Matters Network would like to extend its gratitude to Dato Bindi Rajasegaran, Professor Dr Philip George, Ms Vinorra Shaker, Ms Sharrada Segaran, Mr Terrence Hugo, Professor Khoo (Vice Chancellor of IMU) and Puan Siti Subaidah (Protem-Chairman of the National Coalition of Mental Wellbeing).

Sharrada Segaran

Founding Director

Who Are You?
Currently a 3rd year medical student at the Australian National University.

3 Words That Describe You?
Passionate, Hardworking, Kind

One quote you live by:

“What is meant for you will always be yours”

Why Be A Part of Mind Matters?

It is a platform for youth to voice out, be heard and taken seriously. A safe space for like minded people to network and express themselves freely.

More about me:

  1. Chair of the NCMW Youth Wing
  2. Represented Malaysia in the ECOSOC Youth Forum, Asean University Student Council Union and Global Youth Summit.
  3. Co-authored the Handbook on Youth Mental Health
  4. Featured by UNICEF and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) international.