By Yohanna Abdullah It is pouring cats and dogs and mice and I am in my cosy home office waiting for the rain to abate so I can make my way to Club HEAL's Pasir Ris East (PRE) centre. I love being in this bomb shelter of a centre at what used to be my … Continue reading Cats, Dogs and Mice
Tomorrow we turn 52 as a nation - a democratic society based on justice and equality. We aim for happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation. That is indeed a noble mission happily for a small country where it is perhaps easier to unite the people with heartfelt common goals transcending identities of race, … Continue reading Happy birthday to us!
By Yohanna Abdullah I will turn 50 in 11 days. Yes I am counting the seconds to D-Day. Not quite Dooms Day but my Dying Day. I figured that as Muslims of our times are said to have an expected average age of 60 years of life on Earth, mine is just 10 years away … Continue reading D-Day
By Yohanna Abdulllah Thank God it is Friday (TGIF). On Fridays, I feel a bit more light-hearted and look forward to the arrival of Saturday and Sunday, when mostly I am free of work. Tomorrow though I have a interview and outing with a long lost friend, Andrea who appeared at t he doorstep … Continue reading Label Me Not
By Yohanna Abdullah I am surrounded by colleagues who have gathered to attend a staff meeting in two hours time. I feel blessed for these are great colleagues indeed. They genuinely show care and concern and spend their time willingly to make a difference in each other's lives. Some being counselors, counsel, some being peer … Continue reading At work and happy
This song by Alicia Keys feat Nicki Minaj sounds like a girl going through mental illness when I listen to it again. I've felt that, a girl with her insides feeling like it's on fire, not being calm and grounded. Feeling bad but not knowing how to put water over that fire. This was what … Continue reading This Girl is on Fire
By Yohanna Abdullah It has been more than three years that I was last hospitalised and my recent retreat in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) brought back all the happy memories of institutionalisation. Indeed, we enter hospitals as a last resort and to HEAL from our wounds – mostly emotional and spiritual, yes of … Continue reading A Place for Everything
Today marks the third day since I went to Club Heal after being ‘released’ from Institute of Mental Health (IMH). I asked myself, “What do I want to do?” First inspiration: work. I was ever asked what is independence to me. I relate finance to that. I have been so used to drawing my own … Continue reading What Do I Want to Do?
By Yohanna Abdullah To people having mental illness little things can be the biggest challenge. Like getting up in the morning and brushing one's teeth, bathing and dressing up for work. It may seem that he or she is just "a lazy sloth" and amounts to "a good for nothing" but it is really a … Continue reading Let’s HEAL
When you feel like the World is crushing you beneath it's feet. When you lose all sense of life direction. When you feel like every fibre of your being is unworthy of this life. What will you do next? Will you duck your head and cower beneath the shadows? Or will you get up and … Continue reading Sense of self