Destigmatising mental illness and changing lives

Singapore - Mental illness can be cured and thinking otherwise would be one of the major misconceptions that the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) wants to eradicate. It joins other skewed perceptions such as, mental illness is ...

Sep 5

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Disorder: Indonesia’s Mental Health Facilities by Andrea Star Reese

Pasung is the Indonesian term for restraints or restrained. It is used to refer to shackles, but can also refer to being locked in a room or confined in a shed or animal pen. From January 2011 through the end of 2012, I spent time photographing ...

Sep 4

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Mobile mental health care pilot kicks off in Jakarta

Jakarta - Viviana Sari, an Indonesian high school student, was at a loss for words when psychiatrist Tiur Sihombing asked her to define the word “depression”. “Stressed?” the 17-year-old said hesitantly. Viviana was among more than two ...

Sep 3

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Physical health isn’t the be-all and the end all to good health

One can take consolation from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of health. Under its constitution, health is: ‘… a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. ...

Aug 28

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Mental Health Wellbeing on decline in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A series of unimaginable family tragedies have stunned the city over the past few months. Earlier this month, a 60-year-old man jumped to his death after seriously injuring his wife following a quarrel. In March, a 29-year-old unemployed ...

Aug 27

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Study reveals Asian consumers’ psychological make-up

A new study by the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has decoded the psychological make-up of Asian consumers. They value the family, believe in hard work, and are financially conservative. They ...

Aug 26

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Global mental-health experts gather in Kuching

KUCHING: Hundreds of mental health professionals are in town for the 3rd Asia Pacific Rim International Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference 2013. Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists from countries such as New Zealand, Australia, ...

Aug 23

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Big Feet Preference in Rural Indonesia Defies One-Size-Fits-All ...

People in most cultures view women with small feet as attractive. Like smooth skin or an hourglass figure, petite feet signal a potential mate's youth and fertility. Because they signal reproductive potential, a preference for mates with these ...

May 31

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