I'm preparing them food so that they don't starve and have enough energy," she said. Madam S. While some paid her back, she had sponsored the others who she said were close friends of her daughter's that she is very familiar with. Asked about supporting her daughter's passion for the band, she said: "I'm a music lover myself and I think it's healthy as long as it doesn't affect her studies and health.
Over at Changi Airport, more than 50 fans had gathered at the Terminal 1 arrival hall by 4. Deafening screams from the mostly-female crowd pierced the hall when a few members of what was believed to be the boy band's crew arrived. Unfortunately, there was no sign of the famous quintet whom the fans had been eagerly anticipating since morning.
For student Nur Ayuni Musfirah Mohd Shafarin, 14, it was her second attempt this week to catch a precious glimpse of the boys. I can't stop thinking about them, knowing they will be here any time now. It's disappointing that I haven't seen them I thought after all the hard work, my effort will pay off," she said, dejectedly. Fellow fans and students Nur Amira Razali and Insyirah Zulkiffli had arrived at 7am yesterday and shuttled between all three terminals all day, hoping to spot One Direction.
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Nur Ayuni said she planned to be at the National Stadium at 6am today to try and grab the best spot in the standing pen. Best friends Janani Rajan and Sinduja are also eager to snag the best spots to see the boys up close during the concert. Posters of her favourite boys adorn Janani's bedroom wall, but nothing will compare to seeing them in the flesh tonight.
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He had a psychotic episode, where his mind blanked out. He remembered talking, but not what he talked about. His friends said he had dragged a chair to the middle of the classroom and made a minute speech. Although he is hazy about what he said, he did remember a specific feeling.
It was: "Whatever I'm experiencing, I don't want other people to go through it. Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a condition marked by unstable moods and behaviour, he deferred school for half a year, during which he started drawing the black scribbles only he could see. This culminated in a book about depression, The Black Box, which he wrote, illustrated and self-published last year. Since then, he has been advocating mental health awareness by giving talks at venues such as schools and churches. He now plans to take a degree course there.
He wants people with mental health concerns "to know that you can seek help without any fear, without reprisal and, despite whatever mental health condition you have, you are able to work and contribute to society". After attempting suicide last year, Ms Shafiqah Nurul Afiqah Ramani was warded in hospital for two months. It was her fifth attempt in her 23 years. She was diagnosed with major depressive disorder at the age of 17, a condition often associated with suicidal thoughts or behaviour. She had been having thoughts of killing herself since the age of nine.
At 11, she started cutting herself, which she found "calmed" her down, a practice she stopped only three years later.
He e-mailed a school counsellor who intervened, leading to her diagnosis. She says her parents were shocked to learn about her depression as she had "put up a cheerful front 24 hours a day".
Her father, 50, is a senior technician and her mother, 49, is a housewife. When she was hospitalised last year, she was also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, which explained the extreme mood swings. Psychotherapy, which involves addressing mental health problems by talking to a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider, is one of the treatments available.
Patients like her are required to do "homework" between sessions, recording moods and emotions throughout the day. The log helps her psychotherapist to assess her conditions. The problem was, the sessions were as infrequent as three months apart for Ms Shafiqah, who was being treated at a government hospital.
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She found it "stressful" to stick to the routine of keeping a daily log. Luckily, she got some support and motivation from a WhatsApp group of young people with mental illness, where they shared their experiences.
She later came up with the idea of using apps to make psychotherapy easier. The apps can be used by both psychotherapists and their clients. Clients get prompts and guided questions to perform tasks assigned by their psychotherapists.
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Psychologists can remotely monitor and communicate with their clients between sessions. Ms Shafiqah, who takes nine tablets a day to medicate her condition, says her mental health advocacy, in the form of talks at schools and corporate pitches for their apps, gives her "more motivation to fight for others with mental illness".
Mr Hafiz says his reason for taking on the challenge of setting up their company was more personal.