Clarity celebrates 10 years of rebuilding lives, renewing hopes
We, Clarity Singapore, a member organisation of both Caritas Singapore and the National Council of Social Service, have come a long way since our humble beginnings on World Mental Health Day, 2010.
In 2019, we delivered close to 3,500 counselling hours to over 600 beneficiaries – we help anyone aged 16 to 65 years old, regardless of race, religion, or culture, who struggles with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, mood disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and difficult circumstances such as past trauma, grief, losses and tough relationships.
As a community mental health agency, our mission is to rebuild lives and renew hopes for mental wellness by supporting, caring and facilitating reintegration into the community, and witnessing to our Catholic faith by:
- upholding the dignity of those whom we serve;
- providing relevant information that facilitates their choice of participation;
- developing personal and family responsibility by tapping on their resources and strengths;
- balancing long term improvement with short term relief; and
- empowering rather than creating dependency.
We are truly grateful to all our supporters who have enabled us to remain true to our social mission. For the past three years, we have received consecutive Charity Transparency Awards from the Charity Council for our good disclosure practices. As our executive director Fred Cordeiro told the Straits Times at the award ceremony in 2019: “Donors may never see the recipients of their generosity, but with the Transparency Award, they can be assured that all donations will be accountable and appropriately directed to services that benefit the beneficiaries.”
On October 10, 2020, we will celebrate our 10th anniversary by kicking off a virtual festival running from October 10-31 entitled “BRAVE: Catholic Youth Mental Health Festival 2020”. This events aims to reach out to Catholic youths aged 16-35 years old. With the increasing trend of mental health issues among youths, BRAVE hopes to provide them a platform where they can be equipped with more knowledge about mental health and talk about them openly. Being a Catholic organisation, we also recognise the importance of faith in mental health recovery, hence faith-related topics such as prayer and living out our Christian identity will also be covered. Discussions will be facilitated by a diverse group of speakers, ranging from clinical psychologists from hospitals and the community, social workers, peer support specialists, professional counsellors to religious priests and sisters.
If you would like to find out more about BRAVE and Clarity Singapore, please visit www.clarity-singapore.org.
Contributed by Clarity Singapore
A client’s testimony
“I see a psychologist at Clarity Singapore for my anxiety and depression. She uses creative therapies such as drawing to help me express myself, and teaches me useful coping methods that tap on my strengths so that I can manage my day-to-day tasks and face any challenges.
I also participate in programmes where I do crafts and sports. I am very grateful to the facilitators for trusting me and giving me opportunities to volunteer that build my confidence. I felt really empowered when, at a calligraphy workshop that I was facilitating, one of them said to me, “We want to bring out the part of you that believes that you can do it, because we believe 200% that you can. So you know that we’ve got your back, and we know that you can support us in this workshop. We are going to support each other!”
I’m very thankful for my therapist, the programme facilitators and Clarity for the holistic programmes that engage me both during and outside of therapy.
This journey to recovery is often difficult and lonely, but I thank God for sending the right people into my life when I needed help most. With prayers, and hope in God that anchors my soul, I hope that I’ll be able to pass on the grace and kindness I have received to many others.”