September: Dementia. What it means to care?
In conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Month, the event will feature a total of four dementia short-films from the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival (SMHFF) Short Film Youth Competition over two event dates.
Each event will include the screening of two dementia short films, featuring a conversation with the youth filmmakers on their process in developing the films, as well as a panel discussion that will include a young caregiver, caregiver support expert, and a mental health expert.
The events aim to raise awareness of dementia amongst youths and young adults, form role identification of how youths or young adults play a part in the caregiving process, as well as provide support activities and resources for younger caregivers in the community.
by Gerard Heng & Yvonne Yen
At the doctor’s office, Emit is surrounded by cold and indifferent onlookers. He tries, but fails to pay attention to the seemingly redundant questions being fired at him. Frustrated by this unsympathetic crowd, Emit seeks solace back at home. Yet, this offers little respite as Emit’s mind and body continue to deteriorate. As daily life becomes increasingly dysfunctional, Emit finds himself struggling to reconcile the mismatch between his perception, and reality.
by Franc Torres & Prahalad Guru
A short film about a hard-working young mother who juggled between two jobs to make ends meet while taking care of her two children. As time went by, the mother had less of a social life and found her self mostly alone at home. This lead to her eventually being diagnosed with dementia.
When Mirrors Had Meaning
by Yuga J Vardhan
When Mirrors Had Meaning is a visually searing experience of 70 year old, Krishnan setting him off a journey in search of his distant memory, leaving behind a letter to his family. Upon her return, his daughter, Priya finds the letter and assumes the worst. Her mother, Rani finds her in a frenzied state.
But the Heart
by Cheryl Ng Wan Ting & Wong Wen Hui
After the passing of her grandfather, a teenager’s grandmother, who is diagnosed with dementia, is left alone. As she is on a school break, she is tasked to be her grandmother’s caretaker for the time being. This is the journey of how a granddaughter helps her grandmother with the recollection of the love of her life.
October: Self-Care Hour Sessions. How do I care for myself?
Aligned with World Mental Health Month, we aim to create online safe spaces for young caregivers to gain a deeper understanding of their own mental health. Apart from creating a community of young caregivers, we understand the immediate need for these individuals to learn ways to support themselves. Emotional and mental wellness are not often seen as top priority, especially when there is a lot going on in life.
Led by The Breath Movement, the sessions aim to work with young individuals by providing them with tools and resources that will help support their mental health, give them strength to carry on with their tasks, and most importantly, to avoid being burnt out.