An interview with Temasek Foundation’s My Mental Health Page

This was the full email interview for two articles published:

1. Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It often disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. As such, someone can be highly-accomplished, successful, and talented and yet, doubt their own abilities and talent.

Do you think there is awareness among the business leaders who you’ve come across that others might have the same feelings of self-doubt and minimizing one’s abilities and achievements, or do they feel alone in…

Published in the Straits Times on 6 Jul 2019, see article here.

None of the world-class management courses I’ve attended had prepared me for this. When I started Hush TeaBar — Singapore’s first silent tea bar to promote mental wellness and inclusion, I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park to have the entire team be completely made up of differently-abled* persons (Deaf and persons with/in-recovery from mental health conditions).

Today, the core team of 6 joined by another 20 Deaf persons on project basis and hearing volunteers, run all projects on their own — from…

Published as a commentary by CNA on 29 May 2021, see published article

Below is the unedited draft.

“It feels like deja vu, definitely triggered a series of emotions. I was scrambling last night”, shared a young changemaker working with vulnerable communities when asked how he was doing a day after the heightened alert measures for Phase 2 came into effect on 16 May 2021.

He’s not alone in being ‘triggered’. Two dear friends, both home-based business owners, experienced heart palpitations, acute anxiety and low moods over the weekend following the announcement of the two-person cap on Friday which came…

9th Labour Inspection Conference, 27–28 May 2021

Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for this opportunity to share about mental wellbeing at the workplace. Promoting and enforcing decent working conditions, safety and health standards and respect for fundamental principles and rights at work are at the core of labour inspection activities. Not including mental or psychosocial health would be incomplete when we discuss workplace safety and health, because there is no health without mental health. I’m heartened that we are doing that at this labour inspection forum.

I would not have, in a million years, thought that that deep dark place…

Speech at SG Climate Rally’s May Day 2021 Conversation, 1 May 2021, 3pm

Source: SG Climate Rally

Hello everyone, happy May Day!

I am Anthea, pronouns she/her. I’m wearing a black hat with a grey jumpsuit. I am Zooming from my living room, behind me to my right is a print version of Klimt’s famous painting called Water Serpents II — to my left is a row of windows that look out to the sea.

We are here today to honour our workers on this Labour Day because without labour, nothing prospers. We are also here to hold members of our working class front…

This commentary was published in on 23 March 2021 titled “Why do some S’pore families choose to ‘struggle’ rather than get help from social services?”. Here’s the edited and published article

Below is the original draft:

“I don’t know how long it’ll take for me to recover,” said Nancy*, a 22 year old Singaporean.

Like many young, self-employed single mothers, 2020 was tough for her. While she is scraping by with some help, jobs have dried up and her application for the Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) application was unsuccessful. …

A commentary published in the Institute of Policy Studies Commons. Here’s the edited and published article

Below is the original draft:

The launch of a workgroup to improve the health of ethnic minorities was announced by the Ministry of Health in Parliament last week. We are pleased that steps are being taken towards addressing issues of health equity in Singapore, as it acknowledges, and brings to light key disparities in physical health across different segments of our society. …

Keynote Speech, 16 March 2021, Organised by Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

A full-time human, and part-time everything else.

Anthea Ong was a Nominated Member of Parliament for the 13th Parliament of Singapore. In her term as NMP between 2018–2020, she spoke at every parliamentary sitting delivering 36 speeches and raised 120 parliamentary questions including championing on behalf of youth activists and sex workers, proposed a national suicide prevention strategy, conducted a public consultation on the mental health landscape, made recommendations for closing our digital divide and advocated for greater work injury compensation and other forms of support for migrant workers (you can find all her speeches on her Medium account).


A song written in 2015 inspired by the intensity of the love and pain between a mother and daughter, both whom are so precious to me.

This is the raw recording:

In the stillness of the dawn

With the hurt that I hold on

“I can never unlove you (I heard)

Whether right or wrong you do”

These words come crystal clear

Through the wind in whispers

Does pain come from holding on

How can we set Love free?

(no plucking)

Sorry…. doesn’t come easy

But love does…make it worth it

We can…. never…..unlove… us

Cos we are One

Now and ever

(Switch to kiirtan, mantra of love)

BABA NAM KEVALAM (Love is all there is)

Anthea Indira Ong

A full-time human, and part-time everything else.

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