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FAQs

What are mental health issues?

Frankly, we, too, are learning about mental health and taking lessons from your stories and resources from the professionals. Here’s one adapted definition from CHAT, a local group that advocates and educates about youth mental health:

“Mental health exists on a spectrum. It does not mean being happy all the time. Every one out of five young people suffers from mental health problems such as anxiety, addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, eating disorder and self-harm. There are various factors that can lead to mental health problems such as genes, emotional and social influences and environmental conditions.”

Though not exclusive to mental health, another beautiful way to look at health is through Sigmund Freud’s famous words: “the capacity to work and to love”.

Where do I begin?

We encourage you to start with yourself and think about your own mental well-being and mental health, and perhaps you would have a narrative to share. Another source of inspiration could be from those around you. Often, mental health is a private affair. But if you have been a part of a loved one’s journey through mental health issues, we encourage you to share with anonymity of how they have overcome them or are living with them.

What can my story be about?

Your story is a source of inspiration for us to create art and share with an even bigger audience. Ultimately, we want you to be heard. It may be a story about discovery, sadness, confusion, solitude, struggle, and loss, but it can also be about support, growth, learning, joy, and triumph. We are all ears for what you have to share on the topic of mental health.

Can I still share if I have not been professionally diagnosed?

Definitely. There are still many of us who still struggle with the idea of visiting a mental health professional. You are not alone, but do believe that your voice is immensely powerful.

How much do I have to write?

As much as your story requires. We also welcome multimedia submissions at [email protected], should you prefer to attach an image, a video, a sound clip or other tools to accompany your story.

 

I am unable to share my story in a written form. Are there other ways I can tell my story?

Yes. If you prefer, you may arrange for an informal interview via phone/Skype/meet-up with our team. However, depending on the demand, we may not be able to accept all requests.

Feel free to use visuals, objects, drawings and other alternative ways you can think of to tell your story. We love creativity. As long as you can get it to us, we will work with it.

What can my story be about?

That is entirely up to you. We are absolutely open to any story that you would like to share. Therefore, there are no limitations as to what you may write about, except that the story has to centre on a woman or women in general. You may also refer to our submissions call for further clarification.

 

Can I write in other languages and mother tongues?

Yes. However, we have a team that is only able to translate Arabic, Burmese, Bengali, Hindi, Malay, Mandarin (and other Chinese dialects), Tagalog and Tamil stories. Therefore, if you would like to submit a story of another language that is not listed above, please provide an English translation of your story with your original piece.

 

Is this affiliated to any organisation or political group?

No, we are not. We are an independent non-profit organization.

How else can I contribute to this project apart from submitting a story?

We are still a growing team and welcome like-minded people to join us on this exciting project. We are looking for help in translations (especially if you’d like to expand our language selection), production and publication. If you think you’d like to work with us or volunteer with us, please get in touch and we would love to work something out with you.