CNA Insider – Mending what was broken: Schizophrenia and a mother’s love
Valerie was diagnosed with schizophrenia in her mid-twenties. The turning point of her life was when her mum took a break from work to look after her full-time. With the love, care, and support from her mum, Valerie recovered gradually and is currently a Community Education Officer and Peer Support Specialist with SAMH.
Inspiring Peer Specialist Living with Bipolar Disorder
Having battled bipolar disorder since the age of 15, Ms Ruth Komathi overcame her illness with the help of her psychiatrist and joined the SAMH Peer Specialist Training Programme in 2013.
Since the filming of this video, Ruth has gone on to do a Masters in Counselling and is now a full-time counsellor with SAMH’s Mobile Support Team where she goes on house visits to speak to clients and their caregivers.
Supporting the Mind – Rosalind
Rosalind was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in 2010.
She spent the first 2 years in recovery by serving as a volunteer in IMH and SAMH. As a result of her own lived experiences, she could empathize with others struggling with mental and emotional issues and later joined SAMH as a full-time peer support specialist.