We need to internalize that wildlife belong in the wild- not on our plates. There hasn't been any scientific evidence that pangolin scales (which humans so aggressively demand) have medicinal or healing properties, but yet there is still constant demand for them due to lack of awareness
I also understand that some local poachers chose this trade out of necessity, to put food on the plate back home. The wildlife trade is after all, extremely lucrative and immensely complex with various different players who are in it for their own vested interests. So to hear that Save Vietnam's Wildlife is tackling this issue from so many fronts - conservation, rehabilitation, anti-poaching units and community outreach - is so heartwarming and encouraging!
Please, let's all do our parts to help save pangolins from extinction!
Alfred's suggestion is great. The Creature Feature should speak well to the young and the not so young.
I think we can do more too. Helping to talk to people in our lives about the issues is one big way to spread awareness, especially those that we know take TCM. We want everyone, humans and wildlife, to be healthy and safe, and there are great plan based TCM options out there that help people to get better, and is ultimately better for wildlife too! Wins all around!
@praiseehyehiesous Hi, thank you for your question. I'm wondering if @thetapestryproject-sg can help on this. Besides being an independent, not-for-profit online publication that champions mental health recovery through the power of first-person stories, they also have a community of people who have shared their personal journeys.
@thetapestryproject-sg I have outbursts in public too but I just move on because I believe I am in the right and if you know you are in the right , you don't have to be ashamed of yourself
Anyway my email is email@example.com and you can share your story with me , I don't mind meeting up because I am also living in isolation due to my condition
Just feel free to drop me a message
Educating the whole staff about mental illness would be a good first step. And not just how to recognise it, but provide concrete ways each employee can take to look out for one another's mental well-being. Destigmatisation in the work place starts there.
@ms-chellelai Thanks so much for sharing your personal experience with us. It must have been a distressing time for you to have gone through so much and to come so close to suicide. The fact that you're still here today is testament to your strength, and for that we just want to say we're proud of you and we're glad you're still with us
That's such an interesting point you brought up on how suicidal thoughts were expressed by "neurotypicals" and the possibility of them taking the option of euthanasia should it be legalised. It kinda makes one worry - how a person can reach that point so quickly and whether it was a genuine need masked by humour or flippant statements. It just goes to show that suicide is a real urgent issue that occurs under stressful situations without the factor of mental illness.
@ho-shuhuang Excellent pointers. Thanks for the elaboration! Yes, it's true that our conditions sometimes colour the way we communicate our needs or even limit our ability to articulate what we want. Sounds like it takes some level of self-awareness too! Journalling is probably a good starting point to help one work "backwards" as you've said, and to explore what one needs and what sort of reasons justify the decision to switch medical professionals. Life is too short to be "paiseh" in getting the help we deserve!
While we can wield our might to be as strong and as resilient as we can be, some people need that extra nudge to build their resilience. For instance, if one grows up in a household where his parents are verbally abusive, it might take him a lot more effort to fight his inner demons (i.e. being self-critical, low self-esteem, etc.) than someone who's confident having grown up in a health household.
Of course, like what @maitatoy has mentioend - resilience is a muscle that we need to flex! It's just that we have to acknowledge some people are born to be more athletic than others.
Thanks for your input @ho-shuhuang. Yes a diagnosis certainly is like a double-edged sword! A diagnosis is something that can serve as a useful starting point, and we reckon that shouldn't be the final goal or determining factor in our daily living. In many ways, stigma happens when people misuse the "label" and see it as a be all and end all, instead of seeing that there is life beyond the definitions of a disorder.
Hi @eelinong, excellent question! From what we know so far, aside from the usual community help resources (https://thetapestryproject.sg/get-help-resources), there are groups within hospitals like KKH that offer support for parenting related challenges like post-partum depression - a condition that occurs in both women and men. There are also family service centres available for parents that are finding it hard to cope with the day-to-day demands of raising a family.
ComCare by Ministry of Social and Family Development - For low-income individuals and families who may require any form of social assistance which includes financial assistance
Helpline by Clarity Singapore Limited - Provides emotional support for individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, anger and depression
Support for Wellness Achievement Programme (SWAP) Hotline by Institute of Mental Health - Provides emotional support for individuals experiencing or at-risk of developing psychosis or other mental illnesses.
Yuan Yuan Helpline (Mandarin) by Shan You - Offers service to individuals facing bereavement, critical illness, unexpected challenges in their lives or who may just need a listening ear.
Insight Centre Service Provider by Singapore Association for Mental Health - A community-based programme that specialises in working with
persons with mental health issues and their caregivers.
Recovery to us is less a goal and more a healthy state of mind. Think about what a happy day looks like; recovery to us is just about having more good than bad days.
This is not to say that bad days will never happen again. However, building mental resilience means we can identify our bad days and have positive strategies and good habits to get us through these tough times! Recovery is also accepting that we deserve all our good days as the norm.
@Sharon-Lok thanks for the great tip on using apps! Aside from the period tracker, one of the apps we've come across is Dailyo, which lets us to rate our moods daily and record our activities. Pretty useful for people who prefer a more pictorial way of recording their moods! There's also Mood Panda which is similar but has a social function to it - it lets users publish their struggles publicly and receive "hugs" from those in the same thread/channel.
If a person is not into apps, journaling and writing are also good ways to becoming more aware of their emotions. Simple things such as listing their symptoms as bullet points, or laying them out in a table really goes a long way in tangibly monitoring their moods across a period (or periods) of time.