Tag: stigma

Yet another hurdle: Jobs

Our series on schizophrenia: Part 6 If you have mental illness, can you go to a university? Get a non-menial job? Psychiatrist Dr Ang Yong Guan and clinical psychologist Dr Joel Yang said work application forms and university admission forms still ask about one’s state of...

Series on sczhiophrenia 5: A mother’s painful journey

Her son has schizophrenia. She has polio.  That has not stopped Elsie Tan from declaring:  “I think we are quite a happy family.” But she has one worry: Her eldest son’s future when she is gone. Tan says her other son will have to take care...

Series on schizophrenia 4: What happens in the military

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament yesterday that NS men with mental health disorders are monitored during their two-year stint. If there are doubts about an NSman’s safety, or his capabilities, he will be reassessed by psychiatrists. He may then be redeployed to...

Series on schizophrenia Part 3: A doctor’s diagnosis and his mission

“Doctor, you have educated me. You bothered to explain my mental illness to me, that it is just a biochemical imbalance. You told me not to be afraid, that there is hope.” Each time he hears a newly-recovered patient say this, or variations of this,...

Series on schizophrenia 2: He saved his wife, but not his son

Part 2 of our series on schizophrenia... It was not only his son, NS man Ganesh Pillay, who suffered from schizophrenia. Magendran Reganathan’s wife is also afflicted. Now he wants his story to be heard and for people with mental illness to be treated with...

Series on schizophrenia 1: The death that could have been avoided

Part 1 of our series on schizophrenia kicks off with a father’s pain How do you move on from a son lost? Magindren Reganathan tells The Independent Singapore  his family has been through the cruellest of heartaches after his NS son’s body was found...