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Hi, I'm Hernping!

This is a picture of me trying to surf in Bali, Indonesia. Don't I look like a professional surfer?

 

No, not really. By my scrunched-up face and absolute terror in my eyes, you probably could guess that I fell down within the next two seconds.

 

That's no monster wave either.

 

However, could you have picked up that I suffered from Depression at the time that I took this picture? My guess is no.

Just because someone carries it well doesn't mean it isn't heavy, right? You never know when they might fall down too.

 

It wasn't the first time I experienced mental health issues, having suffered earlier on in my life caused by the childhood trauma of my mum passing away when I was Five. You can read my full story here.


Growing up, I knew I wanted to understand this more and pursued an education in Psychology. I hold a Masters in Psychology and was a Registered Psychologist in Australia where I studied.

Lured by the bigger paycheck of being in the corporate world, I sold out and joined the rat race instead of pursuing my real passion. That's when Depression slowly took a hold on my mind, as the meaninglessness of my financial and career pursuits became more and more apparent.

I went for many months feeling terrible. The people I love, especially my wife suffered with me.

Here's a better picture of both of us.

I'm back to living a more meaningful life by helping people while also pursuing studies in Counselling Psychology part-time.

 

I started this little blog for those of you who need it, just like I did during my troubled times. I hope to share some of the things I've learned from my studies and research while also telling a story with my life experience with you.

 

I'm currently the sole person behind this blog. I write articles that aim to help you and other Singaporeans learn more about mental health, how to find happiness and to live a more wellbeing-centered lifestyle in our beautiful, sunny Singapore.

As much as I love our country and home, I don't think we've done very well in the realm of mental health. We've been taught to study hard, work hard but yet not have the time to really balance this with our mental wellbeing.

It's almost like a pressure cooker waiting to pop.

Anyway, thanks so much for visiting my little blog. I hope to get others involved soon and share more useful articles with you as we grow.

Take care, friend :)

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Hey you, don't struggle alone.

In September 2021, I created a non-profit platform called itallstartshear.sg and brought like-minded people in to create a space where anyone can speak one-to-one with a real person about their problems.

 

These are Singaporeans who have gone through their own struggles, from a range of profiles, maybe one of them might have experienced something similar to what you are going through.

 

I called them Hear Buds. These are peer supporters who have been trained in basic para-counselling skills to be able to listen empathetically about your issues.

 

So, need some one to listen in on your burdens? Whether it's about relationships, mental illness, grief or struggles in life, have a confidential chat in safe space here.

Hey you, don't struggle alone.

In September 2021, I created a non-profit platform called itallstartshear.sg and brought like-minded people in to create a space where anyone can speak one-to-one with a real person about their problems.

 

These are Singaporeans who have gone through their own struggles, from a range of profiles, maybe one of them might have experienced something similar to what you are going through.

 

I called them Hear Buds. These are peer supporters who have been trained in basic para-counselling skills to be able to listen empathetically about your issues.

 

So, need some one to listen in on your burdens? Whether it's about relationships, mental illness, grief or struggles in life, have a confidential chat in safe space here.

Free Therapy / Counselling.

Counselling & Therapy in SG can be Expensive. Perhaps you're not sure if counselling is right for you either - or you're worried that your "problems" aren't worth talking.

Well, I'm encouraging you to take that step forward and try it out. In fact, why not try it out since it's free?

I've been working to link people up with Provisional Counsellors who are fulfilling their Practicum Hours to become fully licensed Counsellors.

They are all clinical supervised in-between sessions, so you can be sure they are on right-track.

And yes, you hear me correctly, it's absolutely free.

Join a Mental Health Community.

I also helped to create a safe online space on Discord for Singaporeans to talk about all things mental health as well as find support from one another.

It's co-created with other non-profit organisations.

It's called Come Hear SG, which was named by one of our members after we collected a poll.

So join us there and talk about whatever is your mind :)

I'll be there too!