Important to seek help to manage your mental well-being

Year: 2020

This post is written as a brief comment to an article published on Today Online titled: It is okay not to be okay — a lawyer’s take on his mental wellness amid Covid-19 (11 September 2020).

“FMG, and I personally, salute Mr Nicholas Aw, for having the courage and big-heartedness to share such an intense and personal experience. He has done an immense service to many ordinary Singaporeans.

They can now know that they are not alone in feeling emotionally and mentally distressed during these difficult times.

Those who followed my now-defunct personal Linkedin page may recall that I faced my own crisis recently. Like Mr Aw, I had a supportive family and a wonderful team. The first forgave me and the latter stepped up to achieve the impossible.

The first step towards helping ourselves is asking for help. We are defined by our strengths and our weaknesses. And that is ok, it means we are human.

Without the help I received, I would have strayed across the bright line between sanity and a lost place.

I echo Mr Aw’s message using his words- “If you think you need help, you probably do. Please raise your hand and give a shout. There is really no shame in seeking help to manage your mental well-being.”

– Devadas Krishnadas