33-year-old Rishah Binte Zainal (left in photo), started experiencing onset symptoms since secondary school. Rishah had brushed off her struggles as part of growing up, and was only diagnosed with major depressive disorder and anxiety just five years ago, when she was 28 years old. Painting and papercraft allowed her to express her creativity during rehabilitation. Since then, Rishah has come a long way and her colleague, Nurleen Binte Mohamed, was a constant cheerleader throughout her journey to regain her inner strength to rise above challenges.
Today, Rishah is a full-time employee with Club HEAL, sharing her story, and empowering others to focus on their strengths. With a great sense of humour and a compassion for seniors, Rishah hopes to be able to continue supporting others like her, and people with dementia in the future.
By giving generously to Community Chest, 100% of your donation goes towards funding critical social services such as Integration Support and Day Activity Centres. These programmes support people with mental health conditions, like Rishah, on their journey to recovery and reintegration into the community.