Mental Health

Real Life, Real People

The boy who’s always been picked on – and the God who picked me

I’ve always been bullied. Growing up, I felt no one understood me. I always felt that my parents favoured other people. At least, to my young mind it looked that way – it seemed they always...

Mental Health

Mocked and molested, I attempted suicide again and again. But now I truly live

When I was 9, I was molested by my uncle. I was silenced; told not to lie. “Kids will be kids,” they said. When I was 11, I finally stood up to my uncle. I shouted at him to “F***...

Devotionals

Riding the storms of life

What storms have you been in? What storm are you now in? An unwelcome circumstance that arises from the horizon. The sudden turbulence of unpleasant change. Your boat rocks. Gently at first, but...

Mental Health

Studies, stress and suicide

The number of teenage suicides in Singapore is on the rise. Twenty-seven Singaporeans aged 10 to 19 killed themselves in 2015 –a 15-year high, and twice as many as the year before....

Mental Health

The privilege of the bleeding heart

I write this to every bleeding heart called to the tall order of redemption. Blessed are the poor in spirit … To live in spiritual poverty. To live on scraps. To continually hunger and thirst....

Mental Health

From life overwhelming, to life overflowing

I tried to be the perfect girl. I thought that amid all the hustle and bustle, I was discovering myself. I thought I knew it all. I thought I had figured everything out, had my future panned out in...

Singlehood

Give me marriage or give me death, I told God

When I was 27, I left everything I had and knew in Singapore to pursue God’s calling for me as a missionary in Japan. On the morning of my 28th birthday, I sat in a cafe in Tokyo, and wrote in my...

Mental Health

Serving God amid depression

Around the world, 1 in 5 young people suffer from mental illness. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that that an estimated number of 350 million people are affected by depression and about...

Mental Health

An open letter to Despair, in the wake of 2016

Hello Despair, my old friend. I’d never thought it would end up like this, but our relationship has grown remarkably over 2016. I am convinced that you now deserve a place among my inner circle of...