Introducing Our New Executive Director
Joachim Toh has been appointed as Clarity Singapore’s Executive Director from February 2021. He has served on the Caritas Board and sat on Committees and Boards of other non-profit organisations.
Joachim has a long career in Finance and Investment and felt his experience may be applicable to charitable organisations. He was thankful to be given the opportunity to be a volunteer at Caritas Singapore’s Finance and Grants Committee more than a decade ago.
His experience with Caritas Singapore gradually influenced his inclination to take on a more hands-on role in social service. A major part on this can be attributed to his experienced working with passionate and dedicated individuals. Mental health is an area that Joachim has a passion for.
He believes in promoting public awareness on this subject to hopefully encourage more people with mental health conditions to seek help, and to provide professional therapeutic services in the community. Clarity Singapore is an organisation that is growing and is aligned with his passion and beliefs.
This is a new journey for him and he prays to our gracious God for wisdom and for His guidance.
From Despair to Hope: Recovering from OCD
OCD is the third most common mental health condition in Singapore, affecting 1 in 28 people. Individuals suffering from this condition spend a lot of time and energy obsessing over and doing compulsions, often finding their lives completely turned upside down.
Most of them come to seek help only when their life has begun to spiral out of control.
But, it is never too late to seek help. OCD is treatable and can be overcome. So, never give up. Treatment, support, and information are available in our community.
Read Xian Wan’s experience in struggling with OCD and how she overcame it in My Mental Health.
Clarity Singapore’s BRAVE Festival 2020 Ends on a High Note
BRAVE – Catholic Youth Mental Health Festival 2020 that ended recently had a unique atmosphere. Given the pandemic, the festival was held online, but still showed the enthusiasm of the participants to be part of it.
Mental health is important to us all, but in Singapore, open discussions about mental health issues are still somewhat stigmatised in society. Tackling this head-on, Clarity Singapore, together with Caritas Singapore, believed it was time to hold a mental health festival for youth as a platform for them to have open conversations about mental health.