Our Youth Beneficiary - A Human Library Experience (The flap of a butterfly’s wings)

The Youth Beneficiaries of Acting Up are stepping out of shadows and stepping onto an online platform to share personal experiences of recovery. Exploring themes such as drug addictions, social struggles and mental health afflictions, our youth aim to debunk the myth of a "beautiful" recovery.. and share how struggles can be managed by every tiny success. "Readers" have an an opportunity to interact, ask questions and affirm our youths during the discussion forums. Each session will be moderated by staff from Acting Up. Come journey with us we trudge through tough times together.

Acting Up is a social enterprise that provides therapeutic follow up for youth at no cost to them. We are not funded by any organizations and rely fully on our workshop and courses to fund our projects and initiatives. Acting Up works with fellow community parners to provide employment, guidance and mentorship for youth in need. In turn, our Youth reach out to others in need through social projects. We would appreciate any amount of donation to ensure no young person is left behind during tough times. Kindly contact May at admin@actingupsingapore.com if you like to make a donation. Thank you for your kindness!

Title: The flap of a butterfly’s wings

Hey 'sup, you coming for the class outing next week? A line any young classmate would have heard in class. But here I am trying to think up all the excuses to not go. A stomachache, headache maybe… a million excuses surface and I finally go with a fever. Declining right on that day. Why…? You might ask. Well I don’t do well with crowds, or people I don’t know but it makes me sad to see my classmates enjoy themselves, why can’t I have happiness without the fear of being judged? It’s scary. I decline invitations, the only invitations I accept, the same circle of friends that never grow. I feel connections being formed and cut off, feel more and more useless by day. More and more useless because no matter what I try to do, it seems there are people who can do it better. I can’t help but convince myself that, I have no talents whatsoever..haha who am I kidding when I actually don’t. The same old voices in my house. Arguments over arguments, people who can’t get their own stuff and act like children, reprimand me for my marks and scores. “Do you not care about me?” “Of course I do, I pay for your clothes, school and food, what else is there for me to do?” People only care about physical health, neglecting the mental health of the child. Without any motivation or someone to even hug, I look up to the ceiling, no one to talk about these useless feelings of mine and wish I could just disappear.

Join as as we explore the emotional struggles of a young person. When do the expectations of us become too much? How can we manage this?

About our Human Book

George (a pseudonym) is a student who loves to read books, draw and watch documentaries. She is currently in Secondary school, getting ready to graduate. She would love to expand her knowledge about mental health and learn more about how to raise awareness and make people understand that, aside from physical health, mental health of a person is very, if not the most, important. Slightly socially awkward but would love to make new friends, if they are willing.
  • The event description was updated. Diff#625645 2020-06-16 03:36:58
Sat Jul 4, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM SGT
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