Tanjong Katong Secondary School Talk Shop
NuLife was invited to Tanjong Katong Secondary School on 24 October 2018 to give a short sharing about mental wellness, more specifically towards depression. The rationale behind the talk was to share the experience and expertise to the students who were interested in setting up a booth to generate awareness in their school.
A total of 70 thirteen-year-old and fourteen-year-old students were present for the talk that consisted of three different segments. The first segment was an introduction of NuLife Care and Counselling Services as an organisation, the services it renders to the community and the outreach programmes it conducts for the community. The second segment comprised of a question and answer session to clarify the queries made by students and in turn encourage active discussion pertaining to mental wellness. The final segment ended with a personal sharing by a Post Grad student (Volunteer of NuLife) who suffered from suicide ideation and self-mutilation.
The talk was prepared and shared with the aim to raise awareness on suicide ideation, a prevalent issue that plagues our current society and coping with depression. Students were actively engaged and were interested in understanding how to help their peers who may be suffering from self-mutilation and suicide ideation. Students have expressed that the talk has been an eye-opener and they learnt multitudes from the presentation especially the warning signs that is present in suicide ideation.
We hope the silent, sensitive topic on depression, self-harm behavior and suicide ideation gives an insight to the Tanjong Katong Secondary School group of students and our sharing assists them to approach a school counsellor or a professional if the need arises.
NuLife looks forward to reaching out to more schools in Singapore to spread awareness on suicide ideation and self-harm in the near future.
“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” – Charles De Lint