Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim, mental health patron for MIASA, and Lavender Tan, a clinical psychologist from The Mind speak to us about mental health and how to take charge, starting from within.
Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim, mental health patron for MIASA, and Lavender Tan, a clinical psychologist from The Mind speak to us about mental health and how to take charge, starting from within.

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It’s never too early or late to take care of yourself and make healthy changes to your routine, so you think, feel, and look the best for yourself. This Women’s Health Month, #teamZafigo encourages women to take control, starting from within.

In this latest session of Hello Zafigo, hosted by Zafigo’s Editor, Eliza Thomas, we speak to Lavender Tan, a clinical psychologist from The Mind, which offers professional yet approachable individual, couple, family, and behavioural therapy amongst other services, as well as TV host and emcee Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim, who is also a mental health advocate and patron of mental health advocacy and peer support NGO, MIASA Malaysia. Tune in this Saturday, 22 May at 3pm.

About Lavender Tan

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43162″ img_size=”300×300″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border_circle”][vc_column_text]Lavender Tan has always been fascinated by how people of drastically varied backgrounds and experiences find ways to connect with one another. This led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Cardiff University in Wales. She returned to Malaysia to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play, while also working with children on the autism spectrum. Her experience of balancing the two roles made her realise that mental health is a concern and a need in everybody, whether you’re a corporate professional struggling to meet expectations, or a parent raising a child with developmental difficulties. This drove her desire to develop more in-depth skills that would better enable her to help others and led her to pursue a Masters in Clinical Psychology at HELP University.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Lavender sees therapy as a collaborative process. She admires the strength and bravery that her clients show in taking this step towards changing their lives, and works closely with them to develop healthy coping skills, grow through adversities and strive for meaningful personal goals.

About The Mind

The team at The Mind Psychological Services and Training knows that the passage of self-discovery can be both daunting and exciting, and hopes to accompany you on this journey, They have made it their mission to ensure it is as pleasant an experience as possible. Among the services they provide are stress management, therapies for individuals, couples, children and families, child therapy and play therapy. They also provide support groups for sleep management, weight loss as well as smoking cessation.

The Mind’s reach also involves Employee Assistance Program (EAP), where they provide a lifeline for many companies in creating a conducive working environment for the employees.

About Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43161″ img_size=”300×300″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border_circle”][vc_column_text]Most Malaysians know Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim as a beloved TV host, emcee, and entertainer, having hosted The Biggest Loser Asia and Disney Channel shows, as well as starred in films such as Gerak Khas 3 and Janji Diana. For all her work in the industry, she has won notable awards from AIM, Anugerah Skrin TV3, Karangkraf, Anugerah Sri Angkasa, and also an ERA Best New Artiste music award.

What many may not know is that she studied Psychology as a major in college and over the last few years, has been an active speaker and advocate in discussions and forums focusing especially on topics related to mental health, women’s welfare, and cybersecurity.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Sarimah was the ambassador for Women’s Centre For Change in Penang, a Cervical Cancer Awareness ambassador with MAKNA, and is currently an active speaker with MIASA Malaysia, with whom she was recently appointed a patron. She is also open about her own struggles with postpartum depression.


Mental Illness Awareness & Support Association (MIASA) is a mental illness NGO founded by patients for patients in 2017. They provide counselling, assessments, support groups, and various programmes to educate and empower patients with a purpose to promote awareness on the importance of mental health, and address and clarify misconceptions on mental health issues and conditions. They offer holistic solutions, not only from a medical perspective but spirituality as well. highlighting the critical importance of the recovery model focusing on empowerment, autonomy, and rights-based approach.

Taking Ownership Of Your Health & Wellbeing
will be hosted on Zoom for FREE. Details of the web session are as follows:
Saturday, 22 May 2021
3PM (GMT+8)
60 to 75 minutes


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  • If this is the first time you’re using Zoom, you’ll need to have the app downloaded on your device. Download it here.
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