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Welcome to Club HEAL

Club HEAL (Hope, Empowerment, Acceptance & Love) aims to assist and empower persons with mental illness to regain confidence in themselves and others in their journey towards community reintegration.

Approved as an Institution of Public Character from 5 February 2015 to 4 August 2016.
UEN No: T12SS0028K. To donate, please contact us at admin@clubheal.org.sg / 6899 3463. You will receive a tax donation of 2.5 times the value of your donation to Club HEAL. 

Club HEAL is a member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and a part of the Community Mental Health Intervention Teams (COMIT) programme under the Ministry of Health (MOH).

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Official Opening of Club HEAL @ Marsiling
Club HEAL has officially launched a new centre in Marsiling on 23 April 2016 to cater to residents in the north of Singapore.  A voluntary welfare organisation that helps people with mental illness and their families heal and integrate back into society, Club HEAL’s headquarters in Bukit Batok East cater to the denizens of western Singapore. It also has a branch in Tampines catering to the east. Club HEAL has made a significant impact in the mental health care scene since it was established in 2012.

The three centres provide psychiatric day rehabilitative services for people recovering from mental health issues through activities such as expressive therapy, cooking and pottery making. It also conducts home visit assessments, counselling, case management, training for volunteers and caregiver support groups.

The centre at Marsiling started operations on April 4 at the void deck of 317 Woodlands Street 31. A Community Intervention Team (CIT) under the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) is housed at the centre to care for people with mental health needs along with their caregivers, so that they can continue living in their own homes and avoid institutionalisation.

Club HEAL@Marsiling will be working closely with its community partners, which include Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Yishun Polyclinic, Thye Hua Kwan CREST, Clarity Singapore, Community Rehabilitation and Support Services by the Singapore Anglican Community Services, Social Service Agencies, Family Service Centres, Senior Activity Centres, grassroots leaders and volunteers.

Said Dr Tan Weng Mooi, Chief, Community and Mental Health Division of AIC, “These partners can refer new and known cases to Club HEAL, and Club HEAL will, in turn, link their clients who require other health and social services with these partners. By 2017, we will have a total of 12 CITs to ensure that the clients and caregivers are well-cared for and supported within the community.”

Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Halimah Yacob – also Speaker of Parliament – said the constituency will benefit from the centre as it has a high number of elderly and low-income residents.

She noted that the Government has made some headway in improving support for those suffering from mental illnesses by putting in place the National Mental Health Blueprint in 2006 and the Mental Health Action Plan in 2013. However, studies have found that empathy and understanding for the mentally challenged remains low.

Mdm Halimah emphasised, “What the Government cannot do is legislate against stigma … only we – as a community and as individuals – can do that. We can be the voice to support those with mental illness and help them to integrate back into society.”

Dr Radiah Salim, founder and president of Club HEAL, thanked donors, volunteers and staff for their support and welcomed Marsiling residents to join the centre as volunteers or clients.

“At our centres, we conduct a rehab programme that helps impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for the recovery process. We not only have staff and clients, but also volunteers (also known as HEALing friends) who give of their time and skills to make our programmes interesting and varied. I would like to welcome Marsiling residents join us as clients or volunteers and have FUN at our kampong!”

The programme was masterfully emceed by a very able peer, Salamah Binte Mohamed Gazali Khan. Two peers and a caregiver then shared their respective experiences. Finally, everyone – guests and hosts alike – sang along to the lyrics of Sami Yusuf’s beautiful song, Healing, which drives home the role of compassion and faith in the healing process.

About 80 people attended the event, which was widely covered in the media in all four official languages. It was indeed a blessed occasion, and, hopefully, a step forward in our respective healing journeys as individuals and as a community and as a nation.

Marsiling Opening

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 Successful Launch of Shattered, We HEAL II and Berkecai, Kami Pulih II

Some 120 people gathered in the Woodlands Regional Library Auditorium on World Mental Health Day (10 Oct 2015) to celebrate the launch of Club HEAL’s second book Shattered, We HEAL II and Berkecai, Kami Pulih II written by Yohanna Abdullah and Dr Radiah Salim.

Graced by our guest of honour, patron of Club HEAL and Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob, the programme touched the heartstrings of the audience who witnessed an impassioned speech by Mdm Halimah appealing for greater understanding and acceptance of those blessed with mental illness and their caregivers.

The audience who included prominent faces in the mental health community such as CEO of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Adj A/Prof Chua Hong Choon, the Club HEAL community and members of the public had an entertaining yet enlightening programme. Our peers, Ajid, Amalina and Mano Esperanza came out in full force to read their poems and sing their songs. Renowned actress Seri Wahyuni Jaes performed a monologue on the story of a young woman with schizophrenia since the age of 14.

There was an interesting and light-hearted Question and Answer session with the authors of the book shedding tears and laughter. The event was well-covered on Berita Harian and MediaCorp Suria. The books are available for purchase at $10/copy. To get a copy of the book, please contact 6899 3463 / info@clubheal.org.sg.

To view more pictures of the event, visit Club HEAL’s Facebook page here.

(Photo credit: Amalus Barakna)

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Forum discussion: Body Mind & Soul

The Club HEAL short films made by acclaimed filmmaker Sanif Olek are aimed at generating awareness and reflection of mental health issues from among viewers. To this end, Club HEAL has collaborated with Islamic Events TV to produce a series of four panel discussions of the film. This was televised live on IslamicEvents.TV between 30 April and 22 May 2015.

The first, based on the film “Putri” touched on “Hope” – What is mental illness? Why does stigma exist? What are the myths surrounding mental illness? Is there hope that a person with mental illness will recover?

The second, based on the film “Zul” focused on the importance of “Empowerment”. – How does mental illness result in disability? What can be done to minimise disability and maximize one’s potential? What support do employers who want to employ people with mental illness need? Why should we encourage employers to employ people with mental illness? What alternatives are there for those who are not prepared to work in the labour market? What are peer support specialists and how can they contribute to the community?

The third, based on the film “Ali” brought out the role of “Acceptance”- How does one react when a family member falls ill? How does a lack of acceptance on the part of the person with mental illness impact on family members? How do we facilitate acceptance on part of family members and people with mental illness?

The fourth, based on the film “Amirah” shows how “Love” heals – What happens to a family when they see changes in their loved one that signal mental health issues? Why do many still tend to seek the help of faith healers rather than mental health professionals? What support and understanding does a person with mental illness need from their family members? What support does caregiver need from the patient that will help them both? What support do caregivers need from the community? How do we get the community to understand and empathize with persons with mental illness and caregivers?

We would like to thank those who viewed the films live and donated to us – thank you so much! For those who missed the four live shows, they can watch the discussions here.

For those who wish to donate, we accept donations via:

  1. Cheques: Cheques should be crossed and made payable to Club HEAL.
  2. Interbank transfer: Transfer to OCBC Current Account 641372131001. Do notify us of your transfer by email to info@clubheal.org.sg date of transfer, amount of transfer, name of donor, NRIC and mailing address.
  3. GIRO: Application form for interbank GIRO
  4. Online Donations: www.sggives.org/clubheal

Club HEAL postal address: 244, Bukit Batok East Ave 5, #01-02 Singapore 650244

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Halal 2015 at Singapore Expo
A big thank you to all who supported us at the Halal 2015, Singapore Expo on 26 – 29 March 2015. Club HEAL was the adopted beneficiary by MegaXpress Pte Ltd at the regional event of Halal food, retail, home furnishings and more. We are humbled by the support of celebrities, Sri Wahyuni, Mak J, Keatar, Zaliha Hamid and film director, Sanif Olek at the film screenings of “Putri” and “Amira”, on mental health conditions. An exclusive talk to unravel the misconceptions of mental illness entitled, “Jinn or Genes” by Ustadh Firdaus Yahya with Dr Radiah Salim and Clinical Psychologist, Nabilah Bagarib saw a huge turnout at the event showing the community’s immense interest on topics surrounding mental health issues.

Lastly, the event would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers and participants, we thank each and everyone for their efforts to collect donations and spreading the word of our cause over the event.

To view more pictures, ‘LIKE’  our Club HEAL Facebook page.

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Monologue, “Naked” by Teater Kami
The life of a writer with Bipolar Disorder was narrated in a monologue entitled, “Naked” by Teater Kami on 25 – 27 March 2015. The play focused on the challenges of Yohanna Abdullah living life on a rollercoaster of mania and depression.

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BOOK LAUNCH – Berkecai Kami Pulih

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14 February 2015 was the successful launching of the book Shattered, We HEAL in Malay – Berkecai, Kami Pulih. About 80 people attended the function which came after Caregivers’ Training at AICare Hub, City Square.

This event which was covered in the Malay media was well-supported by caregivers, PMHI and well-wishers including our translation team from Bizmedia Publishing. This team is made of former senior staff such as the former Chief Editor of Berita Harian/ Berita Minggu Mr Guntor Sadali. Mr Guntor who shared the journey of translating the book admitted that it was no easy task especially in capturing emotions so it was a task shared with other staff such as Ismail Pantek and Sharifah Md Kassim.

Mdm Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC, who is our beloved Patron, made her way to launch the book for the second time, this time in Malay. She applauded the move to reach out to a Malay-speaking audience and share valuable information regarding mental health issues.

Teater Kami also performed a part of a Monologue (Naked – 25 -27 Mar 2015 One-Two-Six Cairnhill Arts Centre.) written by Yohanna Abdullah, played by a Dalifah and directed by Atin Amat with lighting sound by Nabilah Moen.

Ms Lo Mun Fun, Assistant Director, AIC, 53, enjoyed the whole show in spite it being in mostly Malay. “I listened to the translation of a speech, I was truly inspired and captivated. I figured that you must first of all want to heal in order to heal,” said Ms Lo.

Do buy our books which are now selling fast at $10 each, either in English or Malay. Contact admin@clubheal.org.sg for your copy.

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“Shattered, We HEAL – This touching and awakening book about mental illness was launched at the Jurong Regional Library on 11 October 2014 with Mdm Halimah Yacob as Guest of Honour. The book is published by Club HEAL and written by Yohanna Abdullah and Dr Radiah Salim.

It contains 15 stories of those were shattered, either as patients or as caregivers, among whom lost her child to schizophrenia. After being shattered, we heal and then yet again we move to another episode, such is life’s challenges. But we never lose hope that there is a cure for every illness and that after every difficulty there is ease.

The book is available at Club HEAL’s headquarters at Blk 244 Bukit Batok East Ave 5 #01-02, and at selected bookstores. The price is $20 per book and you can have the book posted to you with additional $2 postage cost.

Please contact 68993463 during office hours or email info@clubheal.org.sg

Championing our battles with a book.

Championing our battles with a book.

 

Ending with a poem by  Yohanna Abdullah

Ending with a poem by Yohanna Abdullah

 

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Club HEAL had its premiere film screening ‘Are You Mental? The De-Stigmatisation of Mental Illness’ on 30 January 2013 at Singapore Management University (SMU) We would like to thank our patron, Madam Halimah Yacob, the various representatives from Singapore Anglican Community Services, Singapore Association for Mental Health, Agency for Integrated Care and the Institute of Mental Health for sharing their insights during the panel discussion, representatives from all other organisations for their tremendous support, SMU for being a brilliant co-organizer, participants, talented film cast and crew, dedicated staff and volunteers as well as all guests who attended. Thanks to you, the premiere was a success!

Madam Halimah addressing the audience before the film screening at SMU

Madam Halimah addressing the audience before the film screening at SMU

*Watch the films at http://www.clubheal.org.sg/media/videos/

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Rant of the Mentally Blessed Explore the HEAL Corner for creative writings and works on mental health!

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We need VOLUNTEERS aka “HEALing Friends” – training will be provided. Apply to healingfriends@clubheal.org.sg or call 68993463 (Office Hours)

Quote of the Month

“O ye who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for God is with those who patiently persevere.” [2:153]

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