Culture

“What if my birthday isn’t happy?”: Unpacking the phenomenon of Birthday Blues

Have you ever felt unexplained moodiness and sadness every time your birthday approaches? Every year when my birthday rolls around, I find myself feeling extremely blue. And I can’t remember...

Mental Health

I was anxious, depressed and thinking of giving up… but God gave me a miracle

I chose to use my actual name to show you that there is a real person behind this story, and you don’t have to be ashamed of what you’re struggling with. Eight months after I started...

Disabilities

What could drive a father to strangle his sons? A lonely desperation I know all too well

Reading about how Xavier Yap strangled his two autistic twin sons to “relieve” the caregiving burden on his wife, 32-year-old ABIGAIL LEE broke down and wept uncontrollably. As someone...

Mental Health

An honest conversation with Gen Zs: Are we struggling with mental health?

Last week, we gathered to hear fellow Gen Zs pour their hearts out about mental health.  The common consensus of the night? Many of us struggle with mental health, and no one is alone. ERIKA MOK...

Mental Health

Mental health: When will I be fully healed?

TW: There is mention of self-harm and suicide ideation in this story. So when will I be fully healed? That was the question that bugged me each time, as I sat across from my counsellor, session after...

Mental Health

Struggling with body image, I couldn’t see how I was fearfully and wonderfully made

Primary School was where it all started. Wah, Abigail! You’re so fat leh! This one comment struck me in Primary 4, when a boy exclaimed it in front of the whole class. It stung.  That was when I...

Mental Health

Walking with God through Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Jolting up in the night with blurred vision Twitching Chest pains Pain in the arm that felt like a heart attack Feeling constantly on edge Facial numbness Tingling in the limbs Migraines When I found...

Real Life, Real People

How I found freedom from my 6-year drug addiction

My mum was a tiger mum and the sole breadwinner of our household, hence she was always busy with work. My stay-at-home dad was pretty silent and very particular about cleanliness, so he would scold...

Life & Death

The car crash that saved my life

I was raised in a missionary family. At a young age, I received my calling for medical missions, so I left home for university to pursue medicine abroad. At university, juggling studying and working...