“I felt extremely alone when my husband passed away as I had no one to rely on for emotional support. The only other relative I had in Singapore was my mother-in-law who, following the death of her son, went back to her home country immediately.
My mental health deteriorated during this period of grief. I started to seclude myself and stopped interacting with the outside world. When my daughter’s student care noticed this, they introduced me to SPIN.
Through SPIN, I met other mothers with similar experiences – they shared with me their life stories and how they managed their mental health. My daughter was also able to make new friends through the outings and workshops organised by SPIN. My daughter especially enjoys the hands-on workshops, such as baking and crafting, as we get to spend some quality time together.
One of the most memorable moments for me was the time my daughter performed for President Halimah Yaacob – I was so proud of her. After the event, I even got the chance to meet and chat with President Halimah – someone whom I really look up to.
I am grateful to SPIN for all these opportunities that I’ve been given. Now, I no longer feel lonely because I have made very good friends from SPIN who care about me. I am also encouraged to seek employment and thanks to the help of my social workers, I already have a number of interviews lined up. My daughter and the SPIN family have definitely helped me believe in myself and I look forward to a bright future ahead.”
Testimony by Gracy, Member of HCSA Dayspring SPIN