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On May 8, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and the Agency for Integrated Care organized a talk on depression titled "The Happy You." The talk was given by Ong Choon Ming, an occupational therapist from the Singapore Association for Mental Health, at a meeting of SSA's senior citizens group held at the SSA Headquarters.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages around the globe. Ms. Ong explained that it is usually brought on by a combination of factors and cited several possible causes, including hereditary, hormonal and environmental elements.
In her talk, which was focused on how to stay well and manage negative emotions, Ms. Ong put forward eight strategies in the prevention of depression. These included confiding in someone; engaging in constructive activities and meeting with friends; dividing big tasks into manageable parts and doing one thing at a time to promote a feeling of progress; challenging one's negative thinking and being prepared for setbacks; identifying and tackling the causes of depression; challenging one's preconceptions using rational and empathetic ways of thinking; exercising and looking for reasons to smile and laugh.
[Adapted from an article in the June 21, 2013, issue of SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association; photos courtesy of SSA]
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