HONG KONG: Exhausted from the demands of school, escalating family conflicts and persistent insomnia, the 17-year-old boy was at a loss for what to do and on the verge of a breakdown.His mental health deteriorated, and he reached out to his teacher to share his problems. What happened next was not what the student was expecting, recounts Dr Jamie Chiu, a clinical psychologist in Hong Kong.“The teacher just looked at him, patted him on the shoulder and was like, ‘Ka yao ah (expressing encouragement in Cantonese). Work harder, and you’ll be fine. Just study more,’” narrates the doctor.“That really sums up how people think of mental health issues in Hong Kong.”The student is one of the many teens the 32-year-old has spoken with who have felt their calls for help being ignored.And their struggles with mental health disorders and suicidal thoughts were what convinced her to develop tools to assess their mental health.The support she gives to at-risk … [Read more...] about The psychologist trying to get more help for Hong Kong’s suicidal, depressed youth
SINGAPORE: All they wanted was awareness – of how a mother with a rare disorder can look after her son, of the struggles faced by parents of children with disabilities, and of the realities of growing up with special needs.But the three families who agreed to open up their lives to the programme On The Red Dot got more than they ever expected.Hundreds of people have responded to their stories, featured in CNA Insider’s videos and articles, with offers of help of various kinds, requests to meet them and surprise gifts.The families’ efforts to do their best under challenging circumstances struck a chord with readers and viewers online, who wrote in offering items such as stationery, services such as a daily tingkat delivery and even a sponsored trip overseas.Singaporeans also opened up their wallets by donating tens of thousands of dollars so far.More than the money, however, the “kind words and encouragement” from the public has been touching, as Ms Nur … [Read more...] about For three families who broke our viewers’ hearts, an outpouring of help
SINGAPORE: All it takes is an “idiot driver” hogging the lane to set him off.“It gets my blood boiling,” said the radio show caller who identified himself as Sin. “And the next thing I’d do is, I’d overtake him. I’d look at him, point the finger at him, call him to the side road, and then we settle it like men.”Asked by 938NOW host Keith de Souza about facing the consequences, legal or otherwise, of his actions, he said: “I don’t care.”“If a man is angry, he’s angry,” he said simply.Sin, who has been driving for over 40 years, is not alone. Videos of road rage incidents on Singapore’s roads have been viral fodder on social media, while related court cases have made the headlines.According to a survey by insurer AXA, one in two Singaporean drivers feel that the roads have become less safe compared to three years ago – citing more aggressive drivers as the top reason.So what is … [Read more...] about Inside road rage: What turns Singaporean drivers into monsters?
SINGAPORE: The recent spells of hot weather that Singaporeans have been experiencing may not be just temporary heatwaves.The island is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world - at 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade - according to the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). It is almost 1 deg C hotter today than in the 1950s.What is even grimmer news – Singapore’s maximum daily temperatures could reach 35 to 37 deg C by year 2100, if carbon emissions continue to rise at the same rate, warned Dr Muhammad Eeqmal Hassim, senior research scientist with the MSS Centre for Climate Research Singapore.Other countries already experience hotter temperatures than this - but the reason this spells trouble for Singapore, is that humidity is high here all year round,This could lead to potentially deadly situations, as the programme Why It Matters found out. (Watch the episode here)“When temperature and humidity get high enough, our bodies struggle to cope,” he … [Read more...] about Why Singapore is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world
SINGAPORE: Just from his social media posts, it was easy to pin down radio deejay Joakim Gomez’s running route, the street he lives at and even the layout of his home.This came as a surprise to the 987FM radio personality, who had thought “it was harmless information I was sharing about myself”. He declared: “I might just think twice before I post something at home.”Like many Singaporeans, Mr Gomez is active on social media. He posts live updates on what he’s doing, tweets almost every day and shares pieces of his life with nearly 60,000 people who follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.But he was revealing more than he realised.Many people are similarly unaware of the extent to which someone with nefarious intent can extract all sorts of information about them from their social media posts, the free Wi-Fi they connect to or something as innocuous as their name card, as the programme Why It Matters discovers.JUST A LITTLE SOCIAL MEDIA … [Read more...] about Why cybercriminals are stalking your social media accounts