Mental Health Advocates
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 IslamicEvents SG 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.
Do click on the cartoons below to view the films and the forum discussions.
On January 30th 2013, Club HEAL did a premiere screening of the Club HEAL short films at SMU. The occasion, attended by a packed audience, was graced by our Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob who is also a patron of Club HEAL. These short films compel viewers to think about the issues raised and help generate discussion on possible solutions to the problems faced by persons with mental illness and their families.
Club HEAL Featured on ‘Akhir Kata’
On 29 March 2012, Club HEAL was featured in ‘Akhir Kata’, a documentary on current affairs on Channel ‘Suria’. The episode explored more on the inspiration behind the setting up of this non-profit psychiatric support service in Singapore. It showcased clips from a Volunteer Tea held by Club HEAL to welcome and orientate volunteers to its services.
A main feature of the program was an interview of Club HEAL members, Dr Radiah Salim (President), Mdm Yang Chek (Vice-President) and Dr Bibi Jan (Exco Member). The three spoke about the stigma of mentally ill people in today’s society and emphasized the need to break this wall in order to help them in their track to recovery. Dr Radiah also touched on how mental illness should be seen from a medical point of view, specifically an imbalance to the neurochemistry of the brain, rather than merely a result of ‘the evil eye’.
Mdm Zaiton Karim, a caregiver to a person with mental illness was interviewed who expressed her plight, all these years, before the set up of Club HEAL, on her struggle to search for a support network for her son. She is tremendously grateful, that with the establishment of Club HEAL, her son as well as others alike will be able to turn to an avenue that will provide them with Hope, Empowerment, Acceptance & Love. Likewise, we from Club HEAL are grateful to her for showing her support in this cause and we are determined to give our best to make Club HEAL a beneficial society to people with mental illness in Singapore.