Living with Schizophrenia

This panel will follow The Girl, The Mother and The Demons

Ask someone on the street and they are likely to associate schizophrenia with “split” personality or violence. Or perhaps ask yourself – how much do you know about this mental health disorder? More often than not, it is our limited knowledge on schizophrenia that contributes to the very stigma surrounding the illness.

In this panel discussion, we will focus on the topic of living with schizophrenia. By sharing on the signs and symptoms related to the illness and the common challenges faced by individuals and their family, we hope to create a sense of empathy - where the responsibility of mental health extends beyond the family, into the society. The panel will also highlight key resources available for individuals and caregivers; and how the public can help when chanced upon persons suspected with schizophrenia.

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Anita Kapoor
Moderator

Anita’s work as a presenter, speaker and moderator overlaps travel, luxury, human stories and advocacy with a global viewpoint underpinned  equality, generosity and self awareness.

She presents travel shows watched across Asia and beyond, hosts live award ceremonies, moderates hospitality, lifestyle and advocacy panels, opens stores, guides gala dinners, and speaks on personal power.

Her 2017 two week stay in an elder care home created a social documentary spearheaded by the Lien Foundation to raise awareness on the system’s inadequacies. It can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/PRemfpdpaQU.

She continues to make travel shows; her latest along the Western Japan coast airs in Japan and Malaysia end 2018.

She is also a Nespresso Singapore tastemaker, an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Singapore, one of Pink Dot Singapore’s three official 2016 ambassadors in support of LGBTQI rights, and has spoken at Tedx Singapore Women 2012 on Female to Female misogyny, & Tedx Singapore PnG 2017 on death.

Anita is a third culture kid, an immigrant and a Singaporean.

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Dr Lee Kok Wei
Panelist

Dr Lee is an Associate Consultant at the Early Psychosis Intervention Program (EPIP) and the East Panel at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). He is a clinical tutor for the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and has been involved in multiple research projects presented internationally.

He is also active in public mental health education efforts, and has been involved in multiple events promoting mental health literacy to the public.

He is a member of the Singapore Medical Council, and previously held position as the Vice President of the Singapore Young Psychiatrists and Trainees (SYPT) organization. His subspeciality interests include Early Psychosis, as well as Geriatric Psychiatry.

MBBS (Singapore) 2010

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Geraldine Tan
Panelist

Dr Tan is the founder of The Therapy Room. She is trained in a number of techniques including, Choice and Reality Therapy (CTRT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her desire to help has her fill her toolbox with exciting therapeutic methods like, Hypnotherapy, Play, Clay, Sand and Colour Therapy. She is also an ACTA accredited Trainer. She uses these techniques to help clients with clinical disorders and behavioural issues.

She has worked extensively with children one-one-one and also in group settings. In the course of her work, she has been involved in the development of programmes for children with various issues. Being trained in many different theories, she combined the different therapies and have seen a marked improvement for the children. She is currently involved with a research with a welfare organisation who work with children from underprivileged homes and have emotional issues. She was awarded a scholarship to learn Child Attachment Interview (CAI) at the Anna Freud Centre in London. In 2009, she was involved with the American of Group and Psychotherapy Association Conference in Rome where she was a co-facilitator as well as in Matsue, Japan, where she co-lead a group, too. She has been running groups for special needs children since 2014 to present. In 2016, she was commission by a treatment home for teens and a gazetted protected home that housed children who have been abused, to run Camp Global®.

MSPS, Registered Psychologist (SPS), Registered Clinical Supervisor (SPS), Master in Arts (Applied Psychology), Doctorate Candidate in Clinical Psychology

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Sumaiyah Mohamed
Panelist

Sumaiyah is currently working for Club HEAL, a social service organisation that empowers persons in recovery from mental health challenges. She is the programme coordinator for “Our HEALing Voice” which aims to equip peers to share their story to inspire others and gain experience in peer mentoring. She also contributes her writing to Club HEAL’s publications, such as their books and newsletters.

She is a peer, herself having lived experience with schizophrenia and depression. She is now a certified peer support specialist. She finds that through her lived experiences with mental health challenges, she found a deeper meaning to her life’s purpose, which is to mutually learn from peers and empower each other towards recovery and resilience.

Above all, she is a mother to her beautiful daughter and enjoys writing and journaling, reading, long walks in the park, and drinking warm coffee!

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