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.
When those with mental illnesses are relatively “normal” and able to function (more or less), displaying only the more “passive” symptoms, people are usually fine around them. They treat them like just another person, knowing full well (s)he has a condition.
“Imagine you had a dog, and suddenly you had to put it to sleep after 10 years of caring for it. How would you feel?” That’s the analogy used in Every Brillant Thing, a play by Bhumi Productions, used to describe a person who was lost to suicide. An audience member was asked to re-enact a scene as a vet using euthanasia to put the protagonist’s dog to sleep.
What if your mum was hospitalised in a hospital for a suicide attempt? What would you do? For Johnny Donahoe, he decided to write down a list of things which were worth living for.