Open Field

Staying calm in the face of adversity

Hey guys! Recently I went to Thailand with my mum, and you could call it a sabbatical, a holiday, or whatever you call it. We returned home after 1 day in Thailand. We had received news that there was a bombing in Thailand, about 0.8km from our hotel. My mum was very scared and she was panicking, almost on the verge of a panic attack. She told me that I should have listened to my gut instincts and her sixth sense. But hindsight is only 20/20.

A Group of Sims

Mental Illness in The Sims 4 [#Blog4MH]

For simmers everywhere, making the perfect Sim is always fun – you get to customise appearance, voice, personality, clothing, and aspirations, all of which will affect the way your Sims behave. Something that has been rising in popularity in the mod market allows you to give your Sim traits related to mental illness. In January, I chanced upon Depressed Trait by saphryn and, of course, gave it to the Sim I named after myself. A few days ago, I found several more similar mods. I downloaded  Social Anxiety Disorder – Trait by iridescentlaura and Bipolar Trait by emile20 and got to playing.

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Schizophrenia – the brain disease

Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating and severe mental disorders, with a very high disease burden. According to the Singapore Burden of Disease study, mental disorders were responsible for 6.9% of the total disease and injury burden in Singapore in 2010, with more than one-third of this burden (39%) from schizophrenia and one-fourth (25%) from anxiety & depression. It was ranked 10th on the Disability-Adjusted Life Year, which is the number of years lost to a healthy life.

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Transiting into adulthood

“Workers with psychiatric disabilities have to acquire new skills while in the process of learning how to negotiate an unfamiliar public environment, having at the same time to contain the effects of the illness and the feelings of insecurity and self-doubt that come from previous experiences.”

Mum & Child

Mental illness and my mum

Leaving the ward, two things I realised I’d newly acquired were A. a hypothetical diagnosis and B. my mum’s grief/mistrust towards me. The first hit me right off the bat, and would continue to do so as therapy progressed and more issues came to the surface. Medications helped stabilise the highs and lows \, but writing in to the Dependant Protector Scheme for insurance coverage very surely did not.

Games

Games That Help Depression [#Blog4MH]

A lot of youths do not have the means to seek professional help. Should a game like SPARX, however, make itself available in Singapore, there would be an easily accessible mental health resource that youths can turn to. Skills learned through SPARX are useful to those who do not have mental illness as well – they could act as a preventive measure against depression by increasing mental resilience. This would be exceptionally important for students who experience bullying in school, which strongly correlates with anxiety and depression.

Caregivers Alliance Limited

Lessons Learned From Volunteering With CAL [#Blog4MH]

Volunteering with Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) – either by taking on the role of a support leader or trainer for their classes – has been extremely rewarding. A new class just started last week and I’m a trainer. Like the three other classes I have been involved in, I gain new knowledge and insight every lesson. Here are three examples of things I have learned: (1) Misery loves company It sounds rather clichéd, but relationships with individuals going through a similar plight can be very therapeutic. It isn’t something to be wished upon others, but it’s a relief to find […]

Runescape

Runescape and Mental Health

You may wonder, what has mental health got to do with gaming? Today, I just found out that Runescape has a mental health event in-game, and I was so pleasantly surprised. In case you didn’t know, Runescape has been supporting mental health charities over the years, and it aims to raise $150,000 this year, for Prince’s Trust and CPL Mind, as well as YMCA’s Right Here.

Blame & Shame

[Repost] How To Talk About Your Mental Illness Without Feeling Like A Victim

There are two things that having depression has for sure taught me about mental illness: that it is very real and very debilitating, and that it is really, really difficult to talk about mental illness without feeling like a complete failure. How do you admit to someone else that there are days when you can’t even bring yourself to get out of bed? How do you explain to the people in your life that sometimes, even the idea of taking a shower or leaving the house feels like an impossible task?

Mental health

[Repost] This Is How NOT To Deal With Grief (Or Depression, Or Mental Illnesses In General…)

We can start doing some pretty silly things that in retrospect, can affect our mental health negatively, just when we don’t need it. Below is a post from the Huffington Post that could be helpful when it comes to coping, especially in a time where everything can seem blurry and dull behind a grey veil. Dealing with grief and mental illnesses can have their similiarities (don’t get me wrong, grief does not equal a mental illness). But here are some coping techniques (albeit in the negative tone) in the words of Tazz, a Marketing & Communication Specialist.

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[Repost] Mental Health & Pets [#Blog4MH]

This is a post I’ve been thinking about writing from the start of the weekend. If you know me in real life, you will not be surprised to read about this post. If you don’t know me in real life, don’t worry, I won’t shut up about it so you’ll hear about it often enough.

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The Green Ribbon and Mental Health Awareness Month [#Blog4MH]

The Green Ribbon The colour green was used to identify individuals as “insane” in the past. Today, the green ribbon has become a symbol of mental health awareness in many countries, including Ireland, America, and Canada. We will be placing a green ribbon on our site as a constant reminder of our vision – a society whereby mental health is taken seriously. Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which means the #Blog4MH Challenge is here! #Blog4MH is a mental health and wellness blogging challenge, hosted periodically through the year. Anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts and perspectives on mental health and wellness […]

We read to know that we are not alone

Book Club: Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier

She grinned at him and leaned back in her chair. “You’ve stopped fighting them, Jonah. That’s the first step, to acknowledge their existence. The next step is to learn to reason with them, to find a place for them in your life. That’s the only way that they’ll make room for you. Think of them like annoying relatives; they’ll never really go away, but you can learn to deal with them so that they don’t disrupt your life.”

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Walking Away From Someone With Mental Illness

Do note that this post is directed towards friends of those with mental illness; not caregivers. Sometimes we have to take a step back when a relationship is too harmful. This is an unavailable option for a lot of caregivers but, when it comes to other relationships, walking away is sometimes the best option.