Mental Health: You Are Not Alone

  1. My incredibly bright nephew was diagnosed with anxiety disorder, then depression last year. He’s made several attempts to hurt himself and is currently out of the school system at the promising age of 17. He is not alone in his plight. The number of suicides last year among boys aged 10 to 19 was a record high since suicide tracking started in 1991, according to the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) who released the numbers in July.
  2. A team mate at Hush TeaBar has been on treatment for major depression and mild bipolar for years. His employment experience has been patchy because of workplace discrimination until he joined Hush TeaBar. The young man whom I work with at another community project called A Good Space almost jumped off from the 15th floor of a HDB flat when he was just 19. They too, are only examples of a larger trend. According to the Health Promotion Board, the mental wellbeing of working adults in Singapore is 13% lower than the general population. In 2014, studies found that workplace stress is the root cause of 90% of psychological conditions in Singapore.
  3. The elderly is similarly affected by mental health issues. A study by NUS showed that one in five of those aged 75 and above show signs of depression: There’s the old uncle living in my block at Marine Crescent who was depressed from the death of his wife and started sleeping on the bench in the void deck at night. Just the other day, a young taxi driver shared with me about his 87 year old grandfather jumping to his death by climbing up the flower pot racks along his HDB corridor after his breakfast, his whole family was still having their breakfast inside the flat when they heard the loud thud

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Anthea Indira Ong

Anthea Indira Ong

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