“We make a living with what we get. We make a life with what we give”.
This little quote that was shared to Marlene more than twenty years ago has inspired her to always be grateful and be kind.
Having many friends and loved ones who succumbed to mental illness and suicide, Marlene believes that mental health awareness and education can help to reduce the prevalence of the illness. It is important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms to allow early intervention and provide the appropriate support and information that a person needs.
Marlene Lim is a registered pharmacist in Australia and a passionate MHFA Facilitator. With over ten years experience in pharmacy health services delivery in both metro and rural area and over fifteen years experience in providing motivational and personal grooming consultancy and event production, Marlene has been exposed to individuals with mental health issues from different sectors. Marlene is especially interested in raising awareness around mental health and wellbeing among parents, the elderly, teenagers and small business owners and empowering participants to be MHFA first responders for their family members, friends, colleagues and community.
Other than her pharmacy work and mental health first aid courses, Marlene is also involved in mental health advocacy among health care professionals and the community in Malaysia.
In July 2019, Marlene initiated a small coffee talk platform called "Mental: The Taboo Talk", to reach out to the public in her small hometown in Sarawak and create a safe space to talk and discuss and be educated about mental health so that people are more informed and are able to assist one and another.
One of her proudest moment in her mental health awareness journey is delivering mental health talk to a group of over 600 health care professionals in Malaysia and being part of the allied health professionals invited to the ASEAN NCDs Forum in Bangkok as a pharmacist with special interest in mental health.
Marlene is a member of Western Australian Association for Mental Health and life member of Malaysian Mental Health Association.
She also delivers Standard Mental Health First Aid course as a sessional academic to pharmacy students in Curtin University School of Pharmacy.
Marlene is currently pursuing a postgraduate in Counselling, Diploma in Dementia and also embarking in the journey towards becoming a PainWise Advance Consultant.
During her free time, Marlene loves cooking, baking, traveling and gardening.
She also loves music and watching the television and having quality time with her young family.
Other than English, she can also speak Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese and Malay fluently.