“Mental Health is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My Heart is broken” — C.S. Lewis. In contrast to physical health, mental health is often met with unease amongst many and in many countries, mental healthcare is often insufficiently provided for. In this week’s newsletter, we introduce four interesting articles on psychology and psychiatry, and encourages readers to explore the implications of history on mental health providers and the crossroads between personal identity, politics and mental illness.
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- In our Literary Journal, Bryan summarises 6 valuable takeaways from An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency, an autobiography by the late former president S.R. Nathan
- Shannon kicks off our Singlit month with her review of The Last Lesson of Mrs De Souza by Cyril Wong
- As we begin the new academic Year at NUS, we’re running another open call for our Literary Journal!
The Politics of Mental Health
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Glean 6 Valuable Takeaways from An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency – In our Literary Journal this week, Bryan reviews An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency. Bryan writes: “What I discovered was a treasure trove of wisdom that was unparalleled in its honesty and humility compared even to books from powerful historical leaders, such as President Ronald Reagan of the United States. As there have been articles published after his passing, which summarise some of the takeaways from his autobiography, I have decided to share with you other life lessons which I took away from the intricate details in his autobiography.” To read more, head over to our website now!
The Last Lesson of Mrs De Souza – our Editorial Director, Shannon, reviews the stunning debut novel of Cyril Wong. In this article, she delves into the complex and disturbing world of Mrs De Souza, the titular character.
As Mrs De Souza’s personal opinions colour her memories of the past, we are left to contemplate the uncomfortable themes brought up by the story, including censorship and repression. Shannon reflects upon these themes and delves deeper into the characterisation of our unreliable narrator to provided a well rounded analysis of this story. To read more, head over to our website now!
We’re inviting you to write for our new academic year – As we begin the new semester, we’d like to seek YOUR article contributions for Lirra’s Literary Journal in the months of August to December! Simply submit a 600 to 1200 word article to firstname.lastname@example.org and stand a chance to have your article featured! For the full info (including article guidelines) about our open call, head over to our website.