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When The Dark Hits Me

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Mental illness has long been considered unsafe and scary, especially in Asia. Humans cannot face their fears directly, and when mental illness strikes them, they deny it. Depression is a common disorder worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. According to the World Health Organisation, depression will be the number one disease in 2020, far ahead of other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. In 2017, mental illness hit mom, and prejudice made it difficult for us to face society. Due to the lack of awareness of mental illness, it took us a long time to discover the problem. We encountered a lot of difficulties in the process of treatment in government hospitals, and there has been no effective form of treatment. Due to the large volume of patients, there was always long queues in the hospital in exchange for 10 minutes treatment by fill up questionnaire. We never saw the same doctor at the time of the checkup, which indirectly contributed to the worsening of the condition. It got me thinking, why are we dealing with all this chaos? Why is it so difficult in the treatment? Why is it so hard for me to talk to people about my mom?

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RM 988.00
Goal: RM 717.00
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 4,500.00

Overview of Issue / Background

Mental illness has long been considered unsafe and scary, especially in Asia. Humans cannot face their fears directly, and when mental illness strikes them, they deny it. Depression is a common disorder worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. According to the World Health Organisation, depression will be the number one disease in 2020, far ahead of other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.

 

In 2017, mental illness hit mom, and prejudice made it difficult for us to face society. Due to the lack of awareness of mental illness, it took us a long time to discover the problem. We encountered a lot of difficulties in the process of treatment in government hospitals, and there has been no effective form of treatment. Due to the large volume of patients, there was always long queues in the hospital in exchange for 10 minutes treatment by fill up questionnaire. We never saw the same doctor at the time of the checkup, which indirectly contributed to the worsening of the condition. It got me thinking, why are we dealing with all this chaos? Why is it so difficult in the treatment? Why is it so hard for me to talk to people about my mom?

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

  • Presenting the state of a depressed patient
  • Society has a misconception about depression. The stereotype of the disorder is sadness, autism, self-pity, and crying. But in reality, depression is a mental illness caused by abnormal brain activity. I hope through this project, public can understand depression patient’s state of mind instead of blindly sympathise with them. I hope this show expresses more of what depression looks like.

 

  • To question the medical system in Malaysia
  • Treating depression requires a professional team of psychiatrists and psychologists because medication and counselling must go hand in hand. However, in the medical rules, it is contradictory to stipulate that doctors cannot have any cross-border relationship with patients. When patients only face a series of "yes" & "no" questions from doctors, can it achieve medical effect?

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

  1. Fieldwork: Visit hospitals with relevant treatment departments to observe patients in waiting rooms and experience how patients feel when they attend by a doctor. Visit/interview a psychiatrist and learn about the content of his work and the cases he has faced 
  2. Show: Start creative work by using field research data and rehears with actors. Combine the elements of scenography, such as sound effects, costumes, sets and props, lighting, etc., to make it a complete show. 
  3. Lifeline: Contact NGO to discuss the possibility and development of cooperation.

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

  • To increase understanding of depression of this creative group members and department of drama and visuals students. 
  • Allow the audience to have a more comprehensive understanding of the illness.

Method:

1. This show will use “Social Issues Operation" as a a method of publication. During the publication period, we will reach out to the society to conduct street interview. Through interviews, we aim to understand the public's perception of mental illness, and deliver the correct mindset of  what mental illness is and also create public awareness if they have this concern, where can they seek for help.

2. As per the suggestion of the panel, government units such as Ministry of Health (MOH) need to contact early for cooperation inquiries, we have already started to send out proposals, still waiting for their reply.

3. In addition to Life Line Association, we will actively look for more NGOs to cooperate with us. The scope of the current negotiation is to hold free talks on mental illness to public and colleges/universities.

 

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RM 988.00

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