Mental Health

Secondary

Drowning in despair during the O-Levels, I heard the audible voice of God

I have always lamented the fact that I didn’t win the genetic lottery when it comes to intelligence. As my name’s (Emily) meaning suggests, I am “diligent” and “industrious”. But...

Mental Health

Stressed? 5 quick ways to decompress

Most Singaporeans are either stressed at school or stressed at work. We all need time to relax and recalibrate, which is why we’ve put together 5 easy, tried-and tested tips to help you...

Mental Health

Learning to love my grandma through her dementia

I remember my paternal grandmother with much fondness. Growing up, Nai Nai doted on us. She would buy us things she knew we would like, especially toys and food. She cooked a sumptuous spread for all...

Mental Health

Things you shouldn’t say to someone living with mental illness

In the silence of the empty school toilet, my friend’s voice trembled as she shared how violent thoughts seemed to plague her mind involuntarily. It was my first time listening to a friend...

Real Life, Real People

Struggling with body image? It took me years to see the truth

Trigger warning: This article contains mention of self-harm. It was in secondary school when I took notice of the K-pop scene. I enjoyed the music and dance, but more than that, I admired the...

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Am I a weak Christian if I have to get help for my mental health?

It doesn’t show that you’re weak. It’s just that you need help. After I had my second child, I plunged into postnatal depression. Thankfully, I told myself then: When I need help, I...

Mental Health

My condition does not define me: Living with mental illness and the hope I found

Trigger warning: This article contains mention of suicide. Growing up, I never thought I had a mental health condition.  I just knew I wasn’t feeling my best… I was always down and having...

Post-secondary

Leaving my anxiety behind

Trigger warning: This article contains mention of self-harming and suicide. “Poly life is gonna be so much better, Weixin.” That was what my secondary school counsellor told me. Growing up as a...

Tech

How long do you spend on TikTok and Instagram daily? You might be at risk of body image anxiety

TODAY’s recent article on the link between body image anxiety and social media use was more than eye-opening. The study, which surveyed 2,670 people aged 16 and above in May and June 2022,...