The Minda Team

Get to know the dedicated people behind Minda

The Founders

Zulaikha Mohamad (Head of Creative Communications)

“I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in global mental health at King’s College London to gain the skills & experience I need in order to help the condition of mental health in Malaysia. As a young person who’s been battling with depression & anxiety for several years, I started Minda to educate Malaysian youth & instill hope in those who struggle with their mental health” 

Fiqa Abdul Fata (Head of Programmes & Projects)

“I am currently pursuing my postgraduate study in Clinical Psychology field. Having supportive social circle and support system have contributed a lot to the growth of my mental well-being and for these reasons I hope nobody has to struggle alone. Mental health issues seem to affect youth more frequently in this current era so I think it’s important that the youth have a platform where they feel connected, heard and represented. We hope MINDA can become that platform for them.”

Elya Tahir Rawther (Creative Designer)

“I am a vocal universal human rights, civil rights advocate. I am an advertising and graphic design graduate from The One Academy Penang currently still searching opportunities to further study in higher education in Psychology/Humanities field. Active in human rights and mental health activism in the past with different local and international bodies. Suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Believes mental health literacy is important, mental health care should be accessible to all spectrum of humanity, no discrimination.”

Mimie Rahman (Managing Director)

“As both Survivor and Mental Health Advocate, I understand the unbearable, ‘invisible’ pain. No one should feel they’re alone. I have been working around the clock to amplify our unheard voices in Malaysia while assisting young people to receive support and professional help. 

I am often found in narrating stories for the souls –  incorporating mental health aspect with socioeconomic, environmental and human rights perspective. Let’s create a better environment for mental health!

Committee Members & Volunteers

Aizat Nazli

“Aizat is a humanitarian at heart with the passion to serve for the cause of human thriving and wellbeing. When he is not out providing psychosocial support to communities affected by disasters, he is always researching on ways to build people’s personal resilience and make mental health services more accessible across Malaysia and other Lower to Middle-Income Countries.”

Aizat is a Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) Practitioner and is currently project manager for our monthly Tea & Talk session

Filza Izzyan Azmi

“I’ve always known one of my passion in life is to advocate for mental health. Be it doing a master in counselling in University Putra Malaysia or be a part of an amazing team that is Mindakami. Mental health is so important but sadly it is an issue that has always been not looked upon. I am grateful for Mindakami and I hope there is a better future for mental health in Malaysia.”

Filza is studying a Masters in Counselling at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and is currently a support officer & facilitator in Minda

Humairah Arshad

“I’ve always been interested in the complexity of how things work so studying Psychology was a very fulfilling journey. Partly because it’s a merge of my 2 favorite subjects; Philosophy & Science. As someone who seeks professional help and experienced positive changes, I’m passionate to increase help-seeking behaviours for people to thrive to be mentally healthy.”

Humairah holds a BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham and is currently project manager for our monthly Tea & Talk session

Izni Elna Ismail

“I am currently braving my final year of degree in Communication and Media Studies with a major in Public Relations. With an interest in arts and creative industries, I’m also active in advocating for education inequality and mental health activism. I am passionate in creating awareness for mental health and providing safe space for people to talk about it until it no longer be a taboo topic in Malaysia.”

Vaisnavi Rao

“After graduating with a BSc in Psychology with Neuroscience I realised how misunderstood mental health is in Malaysia and other low and middle income countries. I would like to see a Malaysia and a world where speaking openly about our minds is a norm and I hope that MINDA will allow me to contribute to that change.”