15 Sep 2017 (Fri)
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Reeling & Recovering: Dealing with Despair, Distress, Depression
  Date   15 Sep 2017 (Fri)
  Venue   100 Orchard Road ,
Concorde Hotel
level 4
Singapore 238840
  Time   9.00am to 5.00pm
  Fees   S$550 | S$330 After PIC Grant of 40%
Inclusive of tea breaks with light refreshments and buffet lunch with vegetarian / halal options

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Serafin Lim at (65) 6720 3333 or email: serafin@aventislearning.com

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There is an increasing number of teen suicides in Singapore. Just last year in 2016, teen suicide (age group 10 – 19) has hit the highest in 15 years. Why? Many parents and caregivers have been asking. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. Studies have revealed that it could be due to an interplay of numerous factors like stress at home / school, mental health, relationship issues, difficulty in realizing one’s life purpose, and so on. Research has shown that those who contemplate suicide are often experiencing a sense of hopelessness. But why are these young people feeling hopeless in our relatively affluent society where the future is bright for so many others of similar age?

There is a fine line between sadness or depression, and hopelessness – a precarious one. So how could one tell when sadness has reached the point of hopelessness? In other words, how do one identify individuals with suicide risks? Even for trained psychologists, this is often very difficult. This is compounded by the fact that the chances of suicide survivors reattempting suicide is quite high. As they start their recovering processes after reeling in intense mental turmoil, they still deal with despair, distress or depression, to a certain extent, depending on the individual. The number of suicides in this age group has risen even as the group itself is shrinking underscores the increasing urgency of helping teenagers at risk.

According to a senior social worker, parents who are increasingly busy might not spend enough time with their children to pick up any changes in their moods. At the stage of suicidal ideation, it is imperative for these teenagers to seek help. The transition from childhood to adolescence is a tough one. The teenage years are stressful because on top of academic pressure, their bodies are experiencing hormonal changes. Records from a national counselling hotline has revealed that 36.3 per cent were crisis calls where the callers are susceptible to developing suicide risk and going through a highly stressful life event which requires emotional support. A parenting specialist has confirmed that a sense of parent-family connectedness is one of the most effective protections against suicidal behavior among young people.

So, how could parents, teachers and caregivers reach these at risk young people before the worst happens?

Key Takeaways

Participants will learn, discover & understand:

  • Empathy vs Sympathy vs Compassion: When is appropriate to use What & How
  • Talking to suicide survivors: What to say & what to avoid saying
  • Sensing despair, distress or depression: Refer to Counsellor or Social Worker
  • Signs of hopelessness
  • Warning signs of suicide: Recognizing them & Stepping in
  • Ways for fostering parent-family connectedness
  • Ways of showing emotional support
  • Ways of showing spiritual support (not necessarily religious)

Who Must Attend?

  • Parents, teachers & caregivers of young people
  • Budding / professional counsellors & social workers
  • Those who know someone at risk of suicide / has suicidal ideation

Meditation Instructor & Spiritual Counsellor: Jeannie Lim

As a child, there were days when her family could not afford food, love however was always abundant. Being fortunate to have loving parents and a close-knit family during her earlier years, Jeannie strongly believes that it is love that moves the Earth. Inspired by her late father, a man who would never say “no” to a neighbour in need, the naturally shy and introverted Jeannie decided to push beyond her comfort zones to bring love and joy to all she meets. When she was working as a supervisor in an MNC, she realized that helping or counselling people in distress could be her calling in life.

It was in a holistic retreat hosted by International Metaphysical Master, Umesh H. Nandwani - Founder of The Golden Space Centres Worldwide, that Jeannie’s mission to inspiring others to live their lives beautifully with love and compassion was clearly revealed. Guided by her own transformational life journey, Jeannie focuses on the healing power of forgiveness with heart-centred consciousness towards addressing depression, relationship and self-esteem problems. Having blessed with an innate gift of intuitive wisdom alongside loving kindness, she has helped many individuals in reconnecting with their inner selves and living with renewed energy both emotionally and spiritually.

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Participants will each receive a Certificate of Excellence.
Date 15 Sep 2017 (Fri)
Venue 100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel level 4 Singapore 238840
Time 9am to 5pm
Fee S$550 | S$330 After PIC Grant of 40%
Inclusive of 2 coffee breaks, light refreshments and buffet lunch with vegetarian / halal options

Serafin Lim at (65) 6720 3333 or email:


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