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Interview with Shafiqah Ramani, Entrepreneur & Founder of PsychKick

An entrepreneur in the mental health industry, Shafiqah struggled with mental health issues in her youth and spent some time in a psychiatric ward. Thr ough self-care and social support, she overcame her own challenges and is now well on her way to recovery. Today, she is also helping others through her exciting startup PsychKick. PsychKick is focused on developing digital tools to help others in their mental wellness journey, such as a mobile app to assist with psychotherapy. This will provide a channel for psychotherapists and their clients to engage in between sessions. The company aims to provide the support

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How to Unlearn Self-Stigma

The journey of recovery is tough for those dealing with mental health issues. It is made even harder by social stigma brought about by uninformed people who label a person’s symptoms as “strange”, “scary”, or as “acting out”. “There was nothing more depressing than being told that all the teachers were waiting for me to quit school”, Nora*, now a university student, related. “They just did not know how to deal with people like me”. Nora was dealing with a depressive disorder. Her teachers, having little awareness of what this entailed, stigmatized her as someone whose behaviours they were uncomfortable

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Foods to Boost Your Mood

Do you know that what you eat can affect your mood? You may think that digging into a tub of ice cream when you feel upset will help you feel better,  a diet of sugary and processed foods is bad for your health and well-being. In fact, people who eat a lot of junk food are more likely than those with a healthier diet to be depressed, anxious and unable to think as clearly. So what should you eat instead? Fruit and vegetables People who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables report being happier, less depressed, and more satisfied

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You Can Heal Your Life with Louise Hay

“Every thought we think is creating our future” These wise words from Louise L. Hay have transformed numerous lives over the past few decades. One of the pioneers of the self-help movement, Hay built her philosophy of love and affirmative thinking by drawing from her own powerful experiences. Her Story Louise L. Hay did not have it easy growing up. At the tender age of five, she was raped by her neighbor and bore violent abuse from her stepfather throughout childhood. She was subsequently diagnosed with cervical cancer-– a tragedy she attributed to clinging onto her gritty past. Rejecting conventional

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How a Famous Author Battled Depression

By Chia Xun An First published in Issue 1 2016 of The Rainbow Connection Along with all the professional success Rowling has seen, there is another aspect of her life in which she has seen success, again and again- that of fighting against clinical depression, winning, and telling others it can be done. Author J.K. Rowling is famous throughout the world as the person who brought us the magical world of wizards and witches locked in an epic struggle of good versus evil- much of which revolves around a young bespectacled wizard and his two friends. The Harry Potter series

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Step Away from the Worry: Anxiety Disorders and Solutions for Youth in Singapore

By Kenneth Lim with inputs from Circle-of-Care Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger. It acts as an automatic alarm that goes off when you feel threatened, pressured or stressed. In moderation, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, a healthy level of anxiety can help you to stay alert, focused and motivate you to action. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, and when it interferes with your relationships and daily routine, it starts becoming a cause for concern because it crosses the line from productive anxiety into the territory of anxiety disorders. Under the broad umbrella of

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The Story of Over The Rainbow

A Story of Triumph of Love and Hope over Grief and Despair by Yen-Lu & Yee Ling Chow (Excerpts taken from the cover story in January 2016 issue of Abundance)  “To enjoy the rainbow, first enjoy the rain,” said Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. Everyone wants happiness. No one wishes for pain. But we cannot have rainbows without stormy periods or rainy seasons. The question becomes, what do you do when life gets you down? In October 2009, Yen-Lu and Yee Ling Chow experienced the worst kind of nightmare for a parent. It was the heartbreak of having to

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