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  • RE: Are you a caregiver or know someone who is one?
    @mysticempressa Thanks for the suggestion, Veena! Thanks too for the work that you do for CAL's C2C training programme and how CAL is supporting caregivers in Singapore.
    posted in Mental Health
  • RE: What books and movies would you recommend when it comes to understanding more about mental health?
    I recently read "An Unquiet Mind" by Kay Redfield Jamison. She is a Professor of Psychiatry and also has bipolar disorder (manic depression). She examines manic depression as both a doctor and patient, very interesting and eye-opening account.
    posted in Mental Health
  • RE: How can we deepen our understanding about mental health?
    Movies and videos! This was one of the first videos that gave me more insight into depression: 'I had a black dog' https://youtu.be/XiCrniLQGYc . And movies are a good starting point to understanding the topic a little more, e.g. Silver Linings Playbook , A Star is Born, even Girl, Interrupted (yes this is a very old show).
    posted in Mental Health
  • RE: Are you a caregiver or know someone who is one?
    I have friends who have depression. It was difficult to understand that feeling of being unable to get out of the bed to function. I also struggle with saying the right words. But over time, I realised that listening without judgement and being curious to ask them about the condition or treatment is better than just assuming or avoiding the topic.
    posted in Mental Health
  • RE: How do we better manage mental health at workplaces?
    I think flexible arrangements is the keyword for structural changes. Flexibility in including mental wellness/treatment related expenses to be included in employee benefits. Flexibility in work timing and locations. Empathy will be mykeyword for team dynamics. Understanding the teammate, providing that little extra care in the choice of words at workplace and a listening ear will help.
    posted in Mental Health
  • RE: Sadness vs depression
    We all get sad sometimes, and we are usually aware of the reason. Had a fight with your best friend, lost your favourite thing... that's sadness, in general. As for depression, as least the way I see it, one does not know the reason why one is down. You could be in Maldives, floating on crystal clear water, away from all concerns of life, sipping a pina colada... and yet feel an overwhelming sense of sadness. And you do not know why. It can be posited that there are still reasons, perhaps deep-seated issues, that have been repressed... But to the person experiencing depression, it is simply a loss of logic as to why one can feel as such.
    posted in Mental Health
  • RE: How do you look out for the environment as you travel?
    I think we can all start with the little things, such as bringing reusable cutlery (titanium spork, anyone?), a pouch for waste and of course, a water bottle. While hiking ⛰ , always keep to the marked trails, respect the land and leave no traces of your adventure behind. Needless to say, don't feed the wild animals, even if they are oh so cute. This includes fruits, as they may not be part of their native diet. If you are camping 🏕 overnight, particularly at a site without a toilet, do bring a small shovel to bury your waste responsibly. Note that toilet paper should not be buried but bagged away to be taken with you when you leave. When washing up (yourself or your cutlery), keep detergent/shampoo/soap out of water sources such as rivers/streams/lakes. 🏞 Let's all do our part to look out for the environment! 🐸
    posted in The Better Traveller
  • RE: Let's get to know each other - answer 3 SIMPLE questions about your favourite Asian country!
    Taiwan is really special to me too! 😁 I spent 10 days in Taiwan looking for hiking trails from the South to the North. I was amazed by the hospitality of the locals at nearly every hiking destination. A fond memory was an elderly couple insisting that I hydrate with some homemade brew after I made it to a top of a long trail in the Alishan National Scenic Area. Wow. The trails were remarkably clean as well. When I stayed at a "minsu", I dined on organic veggies grown fully at their backyard. Likewise, they shared how all food waste went into the compost and how they abstain from using any chemicals for their plants and even their cleaning. Some time after the trip, my wife and I started a little garden at home and it really pleases me to be able to pluck fresh mint/curry leaves, chilli padis and such, when we need some! I am looking to see how I can compost my food back home as well!
    posted in The Better Traveller