Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives. Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.
I chanced upon this flyer on the Tapestry Project, and I thought that I would help to spread the word. This research study is done by a SUSS student, and it is titled: “Healing after a Suicide Attempt: A Qualitative Study”. Interviews would probably be conducted between Feb and Apr.
Singapore has been known to have a very muted and conservative work environment, causing undue stress that might carry over to the individual’s lives. A new Danish study concludes that the often misunderstood correlation between workload and depression can be instead attributed to an improper workplace environment. With the culture that has been built in big companies in Singapore, it is beneficial to relook at how we treat work as a concept and our employees.
Considering the schooling environment in Singapore, sleep and school start times have been a hot topic issue. School start times and school workload can often be correlated to poorer quality sleep and the subsequent degradation of performance in school, as well as affecting mental health in students. The University of Rochester Medical Center published a study that implies school start time having an effect on sleep and mental health symptoms.
As an employer, you can follow these principles to adopt fair employment practices: Recruit and select employees on the basis of merit (such as skills, experience or ability to perform the job), regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities, or disability. – Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP)
In my most recent posts, I investigate how much we do for mental health as a society. However, I wanted to look one step further into education and the education system. For a system that prides itself on producing many bright students and the number of students who manage to go to JC, Polytechnic and Universities, one thing we are still greatly lacking is the proper education for those beyond the books – mental health and well-being. My investigations show exactly that, and sadly, this result did not come as a surprise.
Recently, a YouTuber by the name of Logan Paul posted a video of his trip to Japan’s Suicide Forest. This forest is a place where the stressed and suicidal go to end their lives. In this video of his, he shows a man hanging from a tree, laughs at the body and makes snarky comments about how the man must have committed suicide recently, due to the colour of his skin.
SHINee lead singer and K-Pop star Kim Jong-hyun, better known by his stage name Jonghyun, died Monday evening in what police are investigating as a possible suicide. He was 27. “Please let me go. Tell me I did well. Final farewell,” the texts read, according to the Yonhap news agency. This is the second major celebrity suicide on my radar, after Chester Bennington earlier in the year.
We see sights like the one above on the train. It almost becomes parts of our daily routine. I was a commuter on the train recently, on my way to many different job interviews. These two issues etched a thought in my mind: (1) How many people I see out and about suffer from some form of mental illness?; and (2) Am I going to face the same stigma because I am ill?
Busting common myths about psychiatric medication, a topic that can be riddled with many misconceptions. An info-graph created by Claire.
My intolerance with how mental health is treated is the straw that will one day, break my back. Even while doing my research, the inaction and lack of a sense of urgency continue to grind my gears. For an issue that affects one in twelve Singaporeans, we sure aren’t doing anything about it.
To say that mental health and mental illnesses are plagued by stigma is a gross understatement. Yet, after one of the most successful decades into looking at neurology, we still see poor mental health and mental illness as a form of personal weakness and indulgence. This stigma that we put on people (or even ourselves) could shame them or others into not seeking treatment. Even if they do seek treatment, they can go through a nightmarish lonely recovery.
Major Depression in one sentence: “a biochemical disorder with a genetic component, when early experiences influences, where a person cannot appreciate sunsets”. This is a great lecture by Professor Robert Sapolsky, from Stanford University, on Depression with notes prepared by us.
Yes, indeed they are.
Mental illness makes you do a lot of things that people would deem “stupid”. They may sound melodramatic to an outsider, but to someone actually experiencing them, they are frustrating and terrifying. Many people do not understand that.
We have an education system that makes our students masters in Math and Science. This was posted by Claire last week. But I believe that this comes from a larger issue. Through some research, we might have the best system that makes our students masters in Math and Science, but the education system is backward in terms of helping our students grow and mature as students.
The mental health continuum looks at mental health and mental illness as separate things. They may affect each other, but one does not determine the other. In other words, you can have brilliant mental health but yet have a mental illness.
Singapore students produce the best academic results but face the highest levels of academic anxiety globally.
We don’t really talk about mental health. It’s an issue that we need to talk about more but the only times we tend to talk about them is when something bad happens. I was inspired to write an article about the state of conversation about mental health after a conversation with a rather important figure in my life growing up.
Thinspo, or thin-inspiration, is more rampant than ever today – it is every Internet user’s responsibility to work against its rise, and the leaders Ana and Mia.
Excoriation disorder is a disorder whereby the sufferer feels the compulsive urge to pick at his or her own skin. Common places for skin picking include the scalp, shoulders, hands etc.
So for the love of God, Buddha, Mohammed, or whatever god you believe in, if someone in your life suffers from mental illness, please visit them. Please care for them and extend a helping hand. Sinead, like myself, are fortunate enough to be seeking constant treatment and are able to share our experiences and opinions on what we go through. But there is a significant group of people who cannot.
Some people may find it very difficult to talk about their feelings for a number of different reasons. These includes not being able to find the right words to describe what they are feeling, or feeling embarrassed and ashamed to open up about something so personal to a therapist who may seem like a stranger. These reasons are all understandable. After all, emotions are very complex and an intimate part of one self. Yet, these former emotions are often the ones that need the most attention, release and analyzing. Doing so will greatly aid the process of healing.
There are many misconceptions about psychosis, which is – by definition: a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality – used as a noun, so “they were suffering from a psychosis”. We want to dispel some myths about psychosis – and maybe stir the sitting pot that is conversation.
Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be a life-changing event that is frightening, and it has the potential to make you feel alone. It can be helpful to talk about your diagnosis with people that you trust and care about, but it might be a topic that is very difficult to for one to approach. There are many areas to ponder about and here are some that you need to think properly about before talking to someone about your mental health diagnosis.
The wide range of inputs that contribute to mental health can lead one to guess that it is definitely not easy to achieve a good state of mental health. As such, here are 4 ways that can help you to improve your mental wellness on a daily basis.
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Antidepressants are used in the treatment of depressive disorders (e.g. major depressive disorder, dysthymia). They can also be used for other conditions, such as anxiety disorders.
People suffering from anxiety disorders often face more than a few minutes or hours of uncomfortable anxiety. Their anxiety goes on for longer periods of time – months on ends – and they can be so severe that they can be triggered by harmless situations, interfere with one’s social relationships, academic performance and work performance, and even result in comorbid mental health illnesses like depression. Understand what is and how we can treat anxiety.
Have you ever daydreamed? Or perhaps your mind wandered off during a conversation? You have? Congratulations, you have experienced a dissociative episode. Dissociation is common but for those with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), the experience is amplified ten-fold.