Exhibition running till end October explores labels that comes with mental health

What Am I, If I Am Not aims to help people better understand the stigma, judgements and labels individuals facing mental health conditions have to go through.

Nur Sabrina

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Published: 27 September 2021, 3:23 PM

An exhibition aimed at promoting mental health awareness will be held till Oct 31. 

Called What Am I, If I Am Not, it is the third exhibition by, a local mental health and arts advocacy group.

The exhibition, which opens from 12pm to 9am daily, explores the stigma, labels and judgements about mental health. 

Studies from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) found that COVID-19 had taken a “significant toll on the mental well-being of Singaporeans.”

Though the numbers are concerning, the Singapore Mental Health Study 2016 discovered that more than 75 per cent of people who suffer from mental health conditions did not seek professional help.

The major reason was a fear of facing stigmas in society and individuals may feel unaccepted among their peers, said wishes to make shifts in societal attitudes towards mental health, suicide prevention, and treatment options through their creative public awareness campaigns, like What Am I, If I Am Not.

The exhibition will feature five bodies of work. Each piece represents a different layer of stigma and self-identity, in hopes of starting conversations among visitors, even beyond the exhibition space.

No Mud No Lotus is one of the five bodies of work that teaches you to know what it’s like to have resilience in times of darkness. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/@THISCONNECT.TODAY
In Masks of Singapore, visitors can understand how the person we portray to the public and the person we truly are may not always be the same. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/@THISCONNECT.TODAY

What Am I, If I Am Not is located at 39A Duxton Hill Level 2, S089617. 

If you are looking for more mental well-being resources, check out Youthopia’s resource page with everything from mental health self-assessments to tips for coping with challenging seasons in life.

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