21 Nov 2019 marks the opening of Club HEAL @ Buangkok. During this special occasion, Dr. Intan Mokhtar – MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC was the guest of honour. Guests were treated to performances and sharing by staff and peers, as well as refreshments and door gifts.
The new mental wellness centre is located at the void deck of 997A Buangkok Crescent and will provide residents in the north-east of Singapore with more access to mental health services.
Thank you to all grassroots leaders and residents of Buangkok Crescent, partners and friends of Club HEAL for their wonderful support.
A Worthwhile Duty, a book about keeping your mind and body health written by Dr Radiah Salim, and its Malay version Kewajipan Berbaloi, was launched on 9 Oct 2019 in conjunction with World Mental Health Day. The book launch was kindly graced by President Halimah Yacob and attended by clients, caregivers, donors and supporters. During the event, our peers shared their recovery stories and there were also performances such as dance and singing by our talented peers as well as staff.
Club HEAL (Hope, Empowerment, Acceptance & Love) aims to assist and empower persons with mental health issues to regain confidence in themselves and others in their journey towards community reintegration.
Approved as an Institution of Public Character till 30 April 2020. UEN No: T12SS0028K. You can make a gift at www.giving.sg/club-heal or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org / 6899 3463. Donors who are Singapore tax residents will receive a 2.5 times tax deductions of the value of your gift.
Our HEALing Voice is a 6-month programme in Club HEAL co-produced with NCSS, where participants built on skills to increase self-acceptance, self-confidence and remove self-stigma. The participants are then also given opportunities to share their recovery and resilience story, so that they can inspire others. They also gain experience in peer mentoring with other clients in Club HEAL’s rehab.
On 5 Jan 2019, a Saturday morning at The POD at the National Library, 17 participants of Our HEALing Voice graduated after showing firm commitment and dedication. The graduation celebration was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, founder of BinjaiTree and a strong advocate of mental health. The event was emceed by two cheerful and eloquent graduates. They did a fantastic job! Dr Radiah Salim and Mr Hsieh Fu Hua gave motivational and touching words of encouragement. There was a heartwarming video by the programme team which affirmed the growth and progress of the graduates. Everyone was clapping and happy for the graduates as they received their certificates and testimonials.
There was a video done by one of our very own graduates who told her recovery story in such a creative way! Truly inspiring was the sharing session with five of the graduates, who shared their journey of recovery. The guests were in awe, and there was laughter, and hearts were touched. The graduates sang with gusto as a group, showing their unity and bond. The event ended with affirmation from guests, some coming from the graduates’ parents, counsellors who watched them grow, other mental health professionals who were pleased to see the empowerment of our peers.
Club HEAL is definitely proud of these aspiring mental health advocates! We thank them for their courage and resilience and wish them the very best in their future endeavours.
Landscapes of our Mind is Club HEAL’s first ever art exhibition showcasing artwork produced by the peers of Club HEAL held at Articulture, in the heart of Esplanade Mall. Club HEAL is indeed very proud of this event!
Since September 2017, Club HEAL peers from all three rehab centres have enjoyed the sessions conducted by our art instructor, Mr Nhawfal Juma’at, as they have a safe platform to express themselves creatively. Through these sessions, peers have been exposed to several art forms such as drawing, painting and pottery. Landscapes of Our Mind celebrates our peers’ inspiring and unique artwork.
The exhibition was launched on the 5th of October, graced by our guest-of-honour Mdm Rahayu Mahzam, MP for Jurong GRC and patron of Club HEAL. Mdm Rahayu and the curator of the art exhibition, Mr Nhawfal, both gave rousing speeches. Beautiful pieces of artwork were auctioned that night, proceeds of which went to Club HEAL’s fundraising efforts.
There was also a peer sharing session on the 6th of October. Three peers, along with Mdm Junainah Eusope, programme coordinator, shared in a panel moderated by Mr Nhawfal, how art was a means of recovery for them. The sharing session was an intimate yet powerful one, demonstrating how art is a great tool to uncover the creative and amazing potential of our peers. The peers who shared were also very courageous to share with the audience their stories.
On the 10th of October, twelve selected peers and caregivers from the three rehab centres also gathered at Articulture for an art jamming session delivered by Ms Eve Teo, Articulture’s founder and director, and Mr Nhawfal. The participants created individual artwork and then came together in a sharing session to discuss what their artwork meant to them in their lives. It was a heart-warming session as it allowed participants to understand a little bit on the journeys of their fellow peers.
All in all, the art exhibition was a deeply beautiful experience.
About 100 of the Club HEAL family gathered together for a cosy break fast or iftar at our Pasir Ris East centre. The event was made more special by the presence of the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mdm Halimah Yacob who is also the chief patron of Club HEAL.
Certificates were issued to outstanding peers from all three centres. For example, our senior citizen Mdm Patimah Bte Sulong was given the “Very Committed to Recovery Award”. A peer, Ms Zubaidah Mohideen shared her experience of recovering at Club HEAL and Mdm Hawa Aris and Mr Muhd Shafique read the Quran. There was a sing-a-long of two classic nasheed (Islamic songs) by staff Faizal Bin Abdul Rahim and Muhammad Fauzy Ramli and a short talk by Ustazah Aminah Bte Sakiman.
A peer who attended the event which was more beautiful with congregation prayers for Maghrib, Ishak and Terawih said she felt so blessed to be in the community which understands and supports those with mental illness. Said Mdm Hafizah Binte Abdul Latif, 28, a housewife, “With all of us on the same journey, I feel I am not alone.”
The delicious spread of food to break fast with were courtesy of our generous sponsors Dil’ B Restaurant (Chicken Briyani) and Mr Muhammad Nasruddin from Al Barakah (dates).
There was a heady mixture of tears and laughter at Club HEAL’s 5th Anniversary Charity Gala Dinner on 18 Jan 2018 at Keat Hong Community Club as nearly 600 guests and supporters celebrated five years of healing.
The event was very special for many reasons one of it was because it was graced by the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mdm Halimah Yacob, our Chief Patron from the inception of Club HEAL.
With its mission to banish stigma against mental illness and the people associated with it, Club HEAL shared many stories of recovery amongst its peers and caregivers and staff. Writer, editor and peer support specialist Yohanna Abdullah launched Club HEAL’s latest and fourth book “A Place in the Sun” and its Malay version “Di Bawah Sinaran Mentari” with an inspiring speech about the book journey and ended with reading four poems Hope, Empowerment, Acceptance and Love. Heryani Jamaludin, shared her experiences as a psychiatrist nurse in her inaugural book “You Can Do Your Best”.
Administrative assistant of Club HEAL and musician Mano Esperanza sang his beautiful composition about our club in a song called Kampung HEAL. Intern Faizal lead the audience to sing the theme song of the night which is the same title of the book “A Place in the Sun”, sung originally by Engelbert Humpledinck.There was a rousing dikir barat performance by Club HEALers.
The night was a resounding success thanks to everyone who got a chance to mingle and get to know the heartwarming story of Club HEAL also through a beautiful corporate video made by Eunice Olsen Media. A huge thanks to all our donors and sponsors for your generous support!
Dr Intan Mokhtar and a small group of peers and their caregivers spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon with Club HEAL to commemorate this year’s World Mental Health Day. The panel discussion, guided by Mr Zainal Lee with input from caregiver Dr Radiah and peers Sumaiyah and Mano, centred around the theme of achieving wellness with the Grace of God, especially by acknowledging strengths, talents and abilities as gifts with which we can heal. The panel also observed that difficult circumstances are themselves Gifts from God as they help build our resilience and bring us closer to Him. The workshops conducted by peers Yohanna Abdullah and Asha Adnan showcased how their talents in writing and cooking respectively help them heal and achieve mental wellness.