Aleesha Khan, who works on sexual violence and mental health in Singapore, talks about her life story, her activism, her work, and discusses some of the psychology of racism in Singapore.
Deborah Augustin speaks to Matilda Xavier, Clinical Psychologist, and Bo Min Naing, president of the Rohingya Society in Malaysia. They talk about the stigma around mental health in the refugee community, how they have been coping with it during the pandemic, and how some communities are affected more than others.
Military violence is taking a psychological toll on Myanmar’s anti-coup resistance. New spaces, like a pop-up art therapy centre, are creating opportunities for activists and journalists to discuss their mental health and stay primed for the revolution.
PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) speak to Reetaza “Reetz” Chatterjee, the founder of “Your Head Lah!” about her own experiences with mental illness, her journey in figuring out her role in activism, and about the mental health landscape in Singapore.
How do activists cope with, question, and challenge the multiple existential and ideological crises that humanity collectively faces? The “Activism in Crisis” online conference sought to discuss all these questions. Two organisers, Tim Min Jie and Suraendher Kumarr, join PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (WakeUp Singapore) to discuss these and more.
In Brunei, attempting suicide is still a crime. While some people try to seek help, religious beliefs, stigma and the law hamper efforts to prevent a growing number of suicides.
During these uncertain and tumultuous times, activists have gone above and beyond to help the most vulnerable groups in our communities. But what happens when activists start to feel burnt out due to the stress, threats and trauma they face daily?
On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Membership Engagement Manager, Deborah Augustin speaks to Katrina Jorene Maliamauv from Malaysia and Veronica Iswinahyu in Indonesia about their experiences and the prevalence of burnout in activism spaces. They discuss how it affects an activist’s psycho-social well-being and the role of self-care in creating sustainable activism.
Nearly a year ago, we embarked on the Citizens’ Agenda: our quest to find out what our Singaporean community thinks are the most important issues facing Singapore, and then to write and commission articles on those subjects. Now, with Singapore’s General Election looming, we complete our journey by telling you how the political parties responded to the issues.
Research by Singapore LBTQ women’s NGO Sayoni reveals experiences of violence and discrimination at home, in schools and in public spaces—casting doubt on the government’s claims to protect all people from violence regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. [Content Warning: violence, sexual assault, suicide, homophobia and transphobia]
“Your hair is yours. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.” The pressure to conform to mainstream “ideals” of beauty and presentation can be restrictive, stifling, oppressive. Mei Lian Hoe reflects on their experience with their hair and Malaysian beauty standards.