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CAL in the Media

The collection below lists instances in which CAL was featured by the media: in newspapers, on television and on radio. Also included are other mentions, such as in publications and speeches. Know something that's not included? Notify us about it through our website's enquiries form!

15 October 2021

Channel NewsAsia

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Altered Lives

CAL Volunteer Nadia is one of the four profiles featured in Altered Lives, a 4-part documentary series that follows the lives of individuals from China, India, Philippines and Singapore.

 

In a touching portrayal of love and sacrifice, viewers witness the radical changes to Nadia’s life after she gave up a successful marketing career to become a full-time caregiver. She cares for her mother who suffered a stroke, and was subsequently diagnosed with vascular dementia, as well as her sister who has bipolar disorder.

 

Finding respite and reward in supporting fellow caregivers, Nadia has been a volunteer trainer with CAL since 2016 and was an integral part of the ‘Reconnect with Caregivers’ project where she checked in on fellow caregivers during the pandemic.

15 October 2021

The Karyawan

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Time to Care

With Singapore's ageing population and mental health issues on the rise, it is unsurprising that every one of us will become a caregiver one day.

Written by Ms. Tricia Lee, Head of Communications at CAL, this article highlights the importance of caring for the caregivers, and why improving mental health literacy is key to recognising the early signs and symptoms of mental health issues.

12 October 2021

The Business Times

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Celebrating giving efforts amid the pandemic: PVPA 2021's winning initiatives span a variety of causes, such as racial and religious harmony.

In the President's Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards 2021 (PVPA 2021), there were altogether 12 award winners in 4 categories - namely People of Good Award Category, Organisations of Good Award Category, Leaders of Good Award Category, and the newly introduced City of Good Award Category.

This year's winners were selected from a pool of more than 300 nominations - a 33 per cent increase from the 2020 edition - and CAL emerged as the winner of the Organisation of Good (Non-Profit) Award Category.

11 October 2021

The Straits Times

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Covid-19 highlights importance of social sector and volunteerism: President Halimah

Twelve individuals and organisations received the President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards (PVPA) for their achievements in serving the community, with Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) winning the category of Organisation of Good (Non-Profit).

President Halimah Yacob said: “Covid-19 has changed the way we live. But it has also further emphasised the importance of building and sustaining a caring and cohesive society. 

22 September 2021

Singapore International Foundation

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Championing Caregivers: Non-profit organisation Caregivers Alliance Limited helps mental health caregivers find solidarity among their peers by providing the resources and emotional support

“The problem is that caregivers are not visible. They are not seen as vulnerable, when in fact they are,” Tim Lee, executive director of Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL), shares. “Mental illness is often not obvious the way a physical illness or disability is. And then there is the added issue of stigma. And because they are unwilling to talk about it, people around them can often fail to see how challenging the life of a caregiver can be.”

This is the very reason CAL exists – to assure mental illness caregivers that they are not alone, help them build rapport with their peers, and impart skills to cope with overwhelming situations. Most importantly, it helps them understand they need to be at peace with caregiving to perform the role with utmost love and patience.

CAL offers a fully-funded 12-week Caregiver to Caregiver (C2C) programme to individuals hoping to gain a deeper insight into the various types of mental health issues, and better understand the people under their care.

5 September 2021

The Straits Times

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Support programme helped young caregiver of elderly parents cope with responsibilities

When her father suffered a sudden stroke in 2016, Ms Bridget Vargilia Welford, 34, quit her job in advertising to care for him during the day and worked night shifts as a buffet server at a hotel.

After his death, Ms Bridget faced health and financial issues of her own and started worrying about her mother, Madam Eliza Monica De Silva, 59, who's showing signs of dementia.

 

Ms Bridget joined an eight-week programme by Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) for young caregivers of those with dementia, at Bishan Community Club in April, hoping to learn more about dementia and caregiving.

5 September 2021

The Straits Times

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Courses and support networks help young caregivers facing burnout

In the past, Mr Oscar Koh, 27, had found himself drained while trying his best to help his two friends who are suffering from depression and family abuse, while also taking care of himself.

Mr Koh joined the Young Caregiver Programme in March this year, after learning more about it during a collaboration between CAL and SIT. Launched last year, the eight-week programme caters to those aged 18 to 35, equipping them with skills and knowledge to better care for their loved ones and themselves.

"Through this course, I realised it was good for me to lay down boundaries and carve out time for myself."

27 August 2021

Lianhe Wanbao

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患罕见“疑病症” 少年整天怀疑自己罹患绝症

何女士的儿子自从15岁就开始怀疑自己患上了绝症,如脑瘤,皮肤癌,等。她带着儿子看了无数名专科医生,却查不出任何问题。后来,儿子被诊断患有疑病症(hypochondria),一种精神疾病。久而久之,何女士为了顾儿子而陷入忧郁状态,甚至害怕面对儿子。直到有一天儿子的心理医生发现照顾儿子的她累垮了,安排她与丈夫到家庭辅导。通过家庭辅导,何女士终于发泄多年的委屈,丈夫也比较了解她的感受。从那天起,何女士对于儿子的病症也改了观,母子俩一同走上康复之道。

 

如今,何女士在照顾者联盟(Caregivers Alliance Limited)当义工导师,扶持其他的照顾者,并为精神健康倡导。

23 July 2021

Capital 95.8FM

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Capital 95.8 城市频道 – 琪实你懂吗: 照顾者的自我照顾

在7月23日的 958 广播:琪实你懂吗,照顾者联盟(CAL)的心理教育者及资深辅导员 Sharon以及照顾者 Richard (67岁) 一同分享了关于照顾者自我照顾的重要性。

Richard今年67岁,照顾88岁的养父。养父自2011年被诊断患有失智症(dementia)。他说,通过12个星期的课程,照顾者同学们互相分享自己的照顾旅程与经历。通过分享,自己的情绪也舒缓多了。至今,Richard与照顾者群还保持联络,他们继续地互相鼓励,互相扶持,互相学习。

23 June 2021

Yahoo News

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Staying sane in S'pore: The impact of coronavirus on mental health

All of our everyday stresses and pre-existing mental health concerns have been compounded by the additional problems brought about by living with COVID-19. In 2020, Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) has seen an increase in the number of people needing more training and support in caring for someone with a mental health issue.

 

While the pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health, and there definitely have been improvements in public awareness in recent years, there is still a long way to go as many caregivers, and people with mental health illness remain reluctant to reveal their conditions or seek treatment for fear of being stigmatised.

17 June 2021

The Straits Times

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Creating a caring kampung: Rethink how to care and support caregivers

Note: This is a ST Premium Article.

The article highlights the need for a paradigm shift towards caregiving and what it means. A relationship of care between the caregiver and loved one goes well beyond laborious work, and is very much grounded in moral emotions and care ethics that retains the respect for and dignity of those cared for. By recognising the value in caregiving, we can build a more empathic community that cares for the caregivers among us.

"Caregivers Alliance Limited, a non-profit organisation that helps the caregivers of those with mental health issues, is an example of an organisation that helps shape caregivers' sense of identity and belonging to the community"

15 June 2021

The Straits Times

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Care groups see spike in mental health crises in Singapore amid heightened alert curbs

Following the announcement of Phase 2 Heightened Alert (HA), SOS experienced a 12 per cent increase in the volume of calls that week compared with the week before. The increased restrictions and the subsequent loss of support from outside the home compounded stress factors such as fears about the virus, difficult living situations, and fears about job loss and the future, say social workers.

Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) saw a "disturbing increase" in attempted and completed suicides between May 2020 and April 2021 among people being cared for. Since April 2020, CAL has increased its number of helplines from one to six to meet the intensified need for support.

1 May 2021

The Straits Times

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Mental wellness an important issue amid Covid-19 pandemic: Shanmugam

Mr Shanmugam joined the board members of charity Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) on a short walk at the Botanic Gardens with several canine companions. 

 

The walk is part of a larger campaign by CAL to raise awareness about mental health and the challenges faced by caregivers of people with mental health issues. It also aims to raise funds for CAL, which provides free training programmes for these caregivers.

20 Apr 2021

The New Paper

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Championing the mental health cause

Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) launches Walk for Mental Wellness, a fundraising campaign that seeks to highlight the importance of mental wellness, and the challenges faced by caregivers of those with mental health issues.

 

Caregivers tell The New Paper about how CAL has helped them better manage their role as a caregiver to their loved ones, and share their thoughts on what more can be done to support caregivers.

8 Apr 2021

The Active Age

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Walk for Mental Wellness with the Caregivers Alliance

Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) has launched its first fundraising campaign for 2021, Walk for Mental Wellness. The campaign aims to raise awareness about mental health and to highlight the challenges of caregiving for people with mental health issues.

The line-up of MW champions features personalities and organisations who have been strong advocates for mental wellness in Singapore. The campaign will also highlight the range of services offered by the champions so that the public is better informed of what help and resources are available.

07 Apr 2021

The Business Times

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Caregivers Alliance launches mental health awareness campaign

Anthea Ong and Tan Chuan-Jin are among the 18 prominent Mental Wellness Champions supporting CAL’s fundraising campaign - Walk for Mental Wellness. The list also includes actor Adrian Pang, athlete Constance Lien as well as organisations such  as AIC, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.

 

The campaign hopes to destigmatise the topic of mental illness, creating a place of better inclusivity and acceptance for people with mental health issues and their caregivers.

06 Apr 2021

TheWellnessInsider

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Walk for Mental Wellness Campaign

Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) launches Walk for Mental Wellness, a fundraising campaign that seeks to highlight the importance of mental wellness, and the services and resources available for people who face mental health issues and their caregivers.

 

Participants include prominent public figures in Singapore, including the MP of Bukit Batok Mr Murali Pillai, national athlete Constance Lien, and KTPH CEO Prof Chua Hong Choon. The public is encouraged to participate in the event to raise awareness of the importance of mental wellness.

30 Mar 2021

TheHomeGround Asia

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Voiceless and vulnerable, elderly susceptible to abuse

According to MSF, there has been an increase in elder abuse, often inflicted by their own children. Most commonly seen are psychological abuse and neglect by those caring for seniors who have lost physical or cognitive function.

Caregivers can suffer from burnout which affects their physical and mental well-being. It is important for caregivers to practice self-care and understand that it is acceptable to reach out for help and support in order to have the strength and energy to better care for their loved ones.

15 Mar 2021

Prestige

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Mask for Good: Thank you for helping us raise more than $10,000 for Caregivers Alliance!

In celebration of Prestige’s 20th anniversary in September 2020, Prestige launched the Mask for Good campaign. It was a series of three silent online auctions to raise funds for Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL).

09 Mar 2021

Prestige

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Power to the People: Jennifer Fan, Vice-Chair of Caregivers Alliance Limited, on mental healthcare

Jennifer Fan, Vice-Chair of Caregivers Alliance Limited shares with PRESTIGE about her caregiving journey caring for her father. Jennifer has been a caregiver from a young age as her father suffers from schizophrenia – a psychiatric disorder he has had his entire life, including through Jennifer’s childhood.

04 Mar 2021

Berita Harian

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Penjaga skizofrenia perlu bantuan | Caregivers of persons with schizophrenia need help

According to a research on caregivers caring for loved ones diagnosed with schizophrenia by Caregivers Alliance Limited and supported by Johnson & Johnson, most caregivers are low income earners and experienced financial difficulties while caring for their loved ones. Jared Goh, Head of Outreach and Corporate Services shared his observations while caregiver Aisha shared her caregiving experience in the interview.

 

Original article by Berita Harian is in Malay.

08 Jan 2021

ZaoBao

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调查:照顾精神分裂病患 四分是中年妇女且不少被迫离职

​联合早报的这项研究报道着照顾精神分裂患者可能带来的影响,是由照顾者联盟与医疗设备企业强生公司在前年第四季联合展开。