Brave Spaces was at World Alzheimer’s Month Conference on 21 September 2018 at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability. We would like to share our findings.
In our quest to empower women to live full, meaningful lives, Brave Spaces attended the 14th Global Conference on Ageing in Toronto, titled “Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From Evidence to Action” organised by the International Federation on Ageing in August 2018 to gain new knowledge on living well in our older adult years. The four-day conference covered a special full-day track on “Addressing Inequalities”. The conference saw 1,600 delegates from 75 countries.
In recognition of the importance of emotional wellness, Brave Spaces invited Porsche Poh of SIlver Ribbon Singapore to share her wealth of experience on mental health in our dialogue. With such stigma surrounding issues of mental health, how do we recognise conditions in the people around us, what are the common mental disorders, and where do we seek help?
Our first health dialogue (The Brave Talks: Taking Control of Your Health) saw an interesting and in-depth discussion into various matters. Here are useful and insightful takeaways:
Meet Elly, BRAVE cub reporter, 19 years old and a prospective major in sociology at the National University of Singapore. In volunteering with BRAVE SPACES – she hopes to push for more dialogue on intersectional feminism among youths in Singapore. In her spare time, she enjoys Netflix, poetry and making, she says too many playlists on Spotify.
Sulin, 30, is the BRAVE photographer for the Young Women Touch + Goalball Singapore Interaction. She is a fulltime editor/photographer at Raymond Phang Photography, a company with photography accolades. She decided to volunteer her skills in BRAVE SPACES by “heart and gut feel”; “with almost no expectations other than to find herself and gain a wider perspective on life” with the people that she interacts with. She is discovering that by documenting BRAVE SPACE’S journey behind the lens she is in for an interesting ride.
Meet Katie, BRAVE cub reporter, 19 years old and she says more than slightly terrified of turning 20. She joined BRAVE SPACES because of her passion for using education to promote emotional health. A second-year Psychology student at the University of Toronto. She is endlessly fascinated by the rationalities and irrationalities of human behaviour. Her other passions include memes, behavioural economics, and talking about policies.
For Alicia, 31, a composer and music educator, learning processes and the concept of learning as a whole are intriguing. Alicia was the BRAVE reporter who interviewed Sophia Barkham and Crystal Khoo of the Young Women Touch team at last Sunday’s interaction.
On 17 June 2018, Brave Spaces was invited by Singapore Young Women’s Touch (YWT) to be present in their first interaction with Goalball Singapore (GS), Singapore’s national goalball team. Goalball is a sport designed for persons with visual impairment.