About Us

About Us

Our Mission

To promote mental health literacy, focusing in the context of Singapore, by providing resources and information that cater to the general public.

Introducing The Mental Health Repository: Winding Through The Willows

 

 

 

In Singapore, 1 in 12 people have a form of mental illness.

83.3% of them do not seek help. 

5.8% of Singaporeans have major depressive disorder

3.6% suffer from an anxiety disorder.

In 2016, 429 people killed themselves.  

We want to change that

We are dedicated to raising mental health literacy levels in Singapore - we want people to understand mental health, mental illness, and the availability of mental health services within Singapore. 

This blog is currently managed by a small team of volunteers. Hopefully, we can get more people to join the team and have this blog become a useful mental health resource.

Why Winding Through The Willows?

Why Winding Through The Willows?

We had a list of suggestions from the team members, we took a vote, and Winding Through The Willows, suggested by Bella, won.

The willow tree is a prominent figure in many cultures:

  • In central Europe, a trusted confidant is referred to as a Willow.
  • In Buddhism, Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) is sometimes depicted as a woman wearing a white robe with a willow branch in her hand. It is believed that the willow branch is used to ward off demons.
  • In Taoism, it is used to communicate with deceased loved ones.
  • In a popular Japanese folktale, Green Willow told her husband, a well-respected samurai, ‘the soul of a tree is my soul, the heart of a tree is my heart, the sap of a willow is my life’
  • Because of Psalm 173 in the Bible, willow trees are often seen as a symbol of grief.
    • By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the willow-trees, we hung up our harps

Cultural beliefs aside, the willow tree is one that is able to twist its branches in many ways without breaking off because of how strong they are. From Egypt to Native America, the medicinal properties of the willow tree has been used to relieve pain. Later, ingredients extracted from the tree was used to produce the painkiller we know today as Aspirin.

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