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9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
- TOGETHER AGAINST STIGMA
MARINA BAY SANDS 2019
(3rd Oct - 5th Oct)
The Together Against Stigma (TAS) Conference was an international platform to discuss stigma issues that continue to plague people with mental health conditions, preventing them from seeking help, gaining acceptance in society and leading a productive life. Uniting against mental health stigma, the global community looks forward to keeping abreast of the latest developments, research outcomes and best practices in this field.
The theme chosen was “Beyond the Label – Towards an Inclusive Society” for this year’s conference. This theme is closely connected to the recent launch of Singapore’s first national anti-stigma campaign – Beyond the Label – in September 2018.
The Conference was 2.5 days long. There were about 600 participants who attended the gathering for the good cause. The TAS Conference 2019 was organised by IMH, NCSS, Mindset, Jardines, AIC, Health Promotion Board and Singapore Psychiatric Association and supported by World Psychiatric Association. The opening ceremony was initiated by her excellency Mdm Halimah Yacob.
Club2Care was pleased to be given the opportunity to participate and introduce our mental health organisation and our services to the participants.
8TH SEPTEMBER 2019:
Potong Pasir Community Centre – IAEC – Medical Talk.
Stress Management is a wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress, especially chronic stress usually for the purpose of and for the motive of improving everyday functioning.
Club2Care was happy to give a talk in Tamil on Stress Management on 21st September afternoon, at Potong Pasir Community Centre - IAEC Medical Talk.. The talk covered the causes, types, signs and various stress relieving techniques. The presentation was from a medical perspective and was well received by the audience!
A big Thank you to our Club2Care speaker/volunteer and Psychiatrist from IMH, Dr Nigila Ravichandran!
21ST SEPTEMBER, 2019
Dementia is a degenerative condition of the brain that causes cognitive decline, and persons with dementia frequently have care needs that can cause significant stress for their caregivers. As part of the Enabling Festival 2019, which aims to educate the community on building a dementia-friendly community, Club2Care presented 2 talks about dementia, including its impact on persons and their caregivers as well as the support services available for families.
Enabling Festival 2019: Understanding Dementia
7TH SEPTEMBER 2019:
Community Health Fair at Masjid Al–Mawaddah
Club2Care had a joint booth set up with ClubHeal at Masjid Al-Mawaddah on the 7th of September, 2019, to conduct mental health screening on Family Day! It was a Community health fair jointly organised by the Al-Mawaddah and Federation of Indian Muslims (FIM).
Through such events, we not only aim to create mental health awareness, but also to reach out to our community, address mental health related stigma and promote mental wellness.
22ND DECEMBER 2018:
Club2Care featured in Tamil Murasu
இம்மாதம் வெளிவந்த 2016ஆம் ஆண்டில் நடத்தப்பட்ட சிங்கப்பூர் மனநல ஆய்வின்படி, சிங்கப்பூரில் ஏழில் ஒருவர் தமது வாழ்நாளில் மனச்சோர்வு, மிதமிஞ்சிய மது பாணப் பழக்கம், “ஒசிடி” எனும் கட்டுப்படுத்த இயலாத கட்டாய மனப்போக்கு ஆகிய பிரச்சினைகளை அனுபவித்திருப்பர் எனத் தெரிய வந்தது.
இந்திய சமூகத்தினரிடையே மனநலப் பிரச்சினைகள் உண்டு. ஆனால் அதற்குத் தீர்வு காண அவர்கள் எளிதில் உதவி நாடுவதில்லை என்பதை உணர்ந்து ‘கிளப்2கேர்’ எனும் மனநல ஆதரவுச் ச்ங்கத்தை இருவர் கடந்தாண்டு தொடங்கினர்.
24TH NOVEMBER 2018:
On Saturday 24th November 2018, Club2Care participated in the Indian Community Leaders’ Forum, hosted by Sree Narayana Mission. This event was a gathering of key volunteer organisations helping the ageing Indian population here in Singapore.
As a community-based volunteer initiative, it is important to have cross-talk across organisations. At this forum, we opened collaborative discussions with the other partners and learnt about the numerous resources already available. The end goal is to collectively provide care and services to the community that are easily accessible and seamlessly integrated across organisations.
It was a truly wonderful event. We are proud that Club2Care and our mental health focus have been recognised as an important aspect of care for the community!
Indian Community Leaders’ Forum 2018:
Living Well & Ageing Well in the Community
6TH OCTOBER 2018:
SOWOKE YOUTH SYMPOSIUM -
Empathy in progress
Why do we volunteer? What difference does it make in the world?
The SoWoke Youth Symposium on 6 October 2018 was an afternoon of engaging dialogue as we looked at current social issues and our role as volunteers. Within the prism of the four universal values of Truth, Compassion, Peace and Righteousness, we examined at the kaleidoscopic patterns of these issues as viewed through our own patterns of empathy.
Club2Care conducted the breakout session on Mental Health and its intersection with the value of Truth, exploring perspective, perception, myth, and the subjectivity of reality.
29TH SEPTEMBER 2018:
THE WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM
Club2Care volunteers Gayathri Satheesh Panicker, a Peer Mentor, and Gayathri D/O Sandrasegaran, an experienced medical social worker, joined a panel of experts on mental wellness.
22ND SEPTEMBER 2018:
On the morning of 22 September 2018, Club2Care participated in the Kebun Baru IAEC Health Fiesta. Our team gave a short introductory talk on mental health, and ran a mental health screening session for the participants.
Our team of 6 volunteers screened a total of 38 participants over roughly 2 hours, identifying 2 for further follow-up. Similar to our previous screening at the HEB Health Fair in July, this screening focused primarily on identifying symptoms of depression (via the PHQ-9 questionnaire). We proceeded to administer the questionnaires for anxiety and OCD if appropriate. The team also went into the crowd to hand out flyers on various mental health topics and give general advice on mental well-being.
This is our second screening session, and we look forward to conducting many more for the benefit of the community!
KEBUN BARU IAEC HEALTH FIESTA
22ND JULY 2018:
HEB HEALTH FAIR 2018
Club2Care conducted our very first mental health screening for the community on 22nd July, as part of the Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) Health Fair 2018.
Our goal for this event was to pick up common mental health conditions among the Indian community, particularly depression. We screened participants using questionnaires, referred them to services and resources that addressed their needs, and counselled them on maintaining good mental well-being.
In total, we conducted screening for 115 participants and identified 25 of them for further intervention.
22ND JUNE 2018:
MENTAL HEALTH & SPIRITUALITY
On 22 June 2018, Club2Care organised an outreach talk as part of Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple's Free Health Talk Series. Our theme for the event was Mental Health & Spirituality. We wanted to emphasise how spirituality may go hand-in-hand with mental health, both in maintaining mental health for those who are well, and helping those with mental illness through the journey of recovery.
Special thanks to amazing Dr Nachii and the team at the Temple for collaborating with us!
COMMUNITY SURVEY: RESULTS
Club2Care set up a booth at the Narpani Youth Run event in April, to raise awareness about mental health as one of the major issues facing our youth. We conducted a survey to find out from attendees of all ages how they felt about mental health and well-being, what some common mental health issues are, and how best we can help the Indian community.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." This definition highlights the fact that a state of optimal health cannot be established without taking into account a person’s mental health or emotional well-being.
Mental illnesses are not only a growing public health concern but also a major social and economic issue affecting individuals and families throughout the world. However, the stigma associated with mental health issues, hinders individuals from seeking treatment out of fear of being labelled as crazy or weak. Mental health conditions are treatable conditions while emotional distress can be overcome. With the right care, most individuals can lead productive lives. Hence, it is imperative that we as a society need to come together to do our part to overcome stigma and reach out to those suffering from distress or mental illness.
Club2Care has set out to do just that: to offer a helping hand to people with emotional distress and mental health issues and their families in a culturally supportive environment so that they feel accepted and empowered.
Dr Swapna Kamal Verma
Senior Consultant & Chief, Early Psychosis Intervention Programme/ Dept of Psychosis, IMH