Our Campaign Storyends 13 Jul 2019, 11:59 PM
Over the past year, I've wrestled with the tension in reconciling my faith and the afflictions brought about by mental illness. I've had the opportunity to journey alongside those who have suffered from depression and anxiety. The process has been one of unlearning insensitive behaviours and learning to articulate my concerns with compassion and empathy. It has been one of learning that as with physical illness, mental conditions are neither the result of a deficit in faith nor selfishness. We can only hope to hold tightly to those who find themselves at the lowest pits of despair.
I recently lost a loved one to suicide. It was the result of years of wrestling with his inner demons. It came as a shock, as did the helplessness I felt as I was so far removed from the reality of his illness. My prayers over him and his family didn't seem to come to pass, and I've wrestled with the notion that mental illness inhibits the ability to experience the love of God. The battle against depression is one that men and women continue to contend with each day. The least we can do is to learn to listen, love, and stick by them.
The Samaritans of Singapore is an organisation dedicated to providing confidential emotional support to individuals facing a crisis, thinking about suicide or affected by suicide. In conjunction with my belated birthday, I hope to raise funds for this organization in the hope that they will be there for those who need them most.
About The Charity
On average in Singapore, more than 400 lives were lost to suicide annually from 2014 to 2018: that's about 1-2 suicides every day.
According to the WHO, for every suicide death, more than 20 others would have attempted it.
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) is the only suicide prevention centre in Singapore. We are a secular non-profit organisation which provides 24-hour confidential emotional support to people thinking about suicide, affected by suicide, or who have difficulty coping during a crisis. We take a holistic approach to suicide work with an emphasis on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
We set out to be an Available Lifeline to Anyone in Crisis as we aim to be the Premiere Organisation in Suicide Prevention in Singapore.
To find out more, visit www.sos.org.sg.