October is here!

We have successfully concluded two webinars for Caregivers. They are “Coping with Caregiver Stress & Burnout” by Ms Vivien Lai in August 2020, and “Managing Caregiver Stress & Burnout During COVID-19 Pandemic” by Mr Kevin Pillay in September 2020. Special shout out to them for a job well done!

It is not surprising that many people do not know what goes on in the counselling room (hint: no voodoo magic involved). In fact, many people (including many parents) believed that you need to be loudly hysteria or causing a huge scene in the public in order to be qualified to see a mental health clinician. In addition, Counsellors, Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Psychiatrists, who are qualified to do what exactly?. To combat the mental health stigma in Singapore and to address these questions, I will be presenting a webinar on “Demystifying Counselling & Psychotherapy” in November 2020.

In the area of outreach, Vivien has presented a corporate lunch talk on ” The Definitive Guide to Combating Workplace Stress & Burnout” for the National Gallery Singapore on 25 September 2020, and I have personally presented a community talk on “Managing Depression during COVID-19 Pandemic” for National University of Singapore Student Union (NUSSU) on 26 September 2020.

Understandably that with many events going online since the start of Circuit Breaker in Singapore, everyone is starting to feel “webinar fatigue” aka “Zoombie“. Feelings and emotions of pent-up frustration due to the slow pace of the COVID-19 vaccine development, and being “trapped” in Singapore with limited things that we could explore may have dampened our spirits a little. Why would I want to stay home to attend a webinar during the weekends when I can spend my time with four other friends outside (with mask and safe-distancing of course)? With that in mind, TLM is exploring the feasibility of having physical seminars for 2021 that would still be in line with the current local COVID-19 regulations.

With the current safe-distancing regulations, our December 2020 workshop is fully subscribed! In view of popular demand, my team has decided to open up an additional workshop intake for January 2021. For more information, do sign up for our upcoming course preview.

Coincidentally, today is the Mid-Autumn Festival. Over at The Lion Mind Counselling Centre, we will be having a mini celebration this evening to enjoy the presence and emotional support that we have given to each other through the current difficult time together.

Today also marks the first day of the Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many mental health awareness campaigns in place this month, including Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness week (Australia) from 1 to 7 October, Mental Illness Awareness Week (USA) from 4 to 10 October, OCD Awareness week from 11 to 17 October 2020, and the World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October 2020. My team will be busy outreaching to the various communities to educate the importance of mental health and on how to seek professional help.

Lastly, we are pleased to be recognised and featured as one of “The 18 Clinics with the Best Psychotherapy in Singapore“!