As part of a film screening at the National University of Singapore's Arts Festival 2023, CAL was invited to a panel discussion alongside representatives from mental health ground-up initiatives I'm Friendly Co and Impart.
The screening, themed “Frames Of Mind”, featured two films produced by talented student filmmakers from nuStudios. The first film, "Miss Miss" by Muhammad Bahajajj, explored the emotional burden of the pandemic on frontline workers and caregivers of persons with dementia. The second, "Eggs" by Cheryl Tan, had a grieving protagonist seeking empathy from her social worker and the audience. Through an artistic lens, both films examined psychological challenges that arise during life transitions, particularly the feeling of being stranded in uncertainty.
Sharing her story as CAL staff and person-in-recovery was Outreach & Programme Manager (Children & Youth) Veena Nanthakumar. She expressed that it was through CAL’s C2C-PMHI programme that her family and herself understood how to cope better.
Besides being equipped with the know-how, having safe spaces for sharing is also important. I’m Friendly Co, an initiative launched by C2C-YCG graduate Jedaiah Chen, offers online peer support for those who prefer to maintain anonymity.
If you are between the age of 15 to 35 and are caring for a loved one or friend with mental health issues, we encourage you to reach out to us or the many other resources available. Remember, you are not in this alone. ♥️