With Founders of My Voice - Elim Chew & Danny Yeo at last night’s book launch of the Chinese version of “My Voice: Overcoming”. I contributed my story in this book of how I overcame difficulties and depression at 24 years old.
Author Chua Seng Lee’s original motivation to write My Voice: Overcoming arose out of his shock and distress at the suicide of a young student he was mentoring. One recurring theme in all the stories in the book is the stigma of being associated with emotional or psychiatric problems here in Singapore. Many quietly suffered from depression without getting help. His 7 contributors who revealed their experience with depression are courageous individuals motivated by a genuine and urgent need to help others cope with depression.
Do you know that 1 in 5 persons (2014) in Singapore has gone through or is still suffering from depression? If you know someone like that, take good care of them as you may save their lives.
For those who are depressed, know that you are not alone. Look at your problems as events that make you more human, more compassionate, stronger. We are people with much courage and strength. We are overcomers!
“If it is a problem, there will be a solution. If there is no solution, then it is a fact. You have to accept it, cope with it and move on. Don’t look back at how you fall but instead focus on how you can get up again. For you have not failed yet until you give up trying…”- Jacelyn Tay