Project HumansofSG || LivesofSG

Project LivesofSG || #1lifesavedsg

  • Help is on the way for Workplace depression
  • For Generation X Y Z
  • Impact of Covid 19 on our PMETs

Project Summary | The ABCs of our strategy

Vision:  || The systematic, comprehensive and clinical Takedown of Mental Health Stigma in SG

Building a community where mental health issues can be discussed openly, freely and actively. Together we will TAKEDOWN mental health issues afflicting our working professionals 20-49 (the proverbial Generation XYZ). Join us. Join our community. A community in unity, unity in diversity.

We focus primarily on => WorkplaceDepression + PostnatalBlues

Our core pillars | ABCs of LivesofSG

Awareness |  Builders | Care team |

Awareness

–         outreach team

–         Post sharing

–         Inviting likeminded folks to join our community

Builders

–         The story curation aka HumansofNY style

–         Videos of personal sharings + coping skills

–         Personal posititive messages

Care Team

–         Education arm

–         Workplace zoom seminars

–         Teaching how to 1. Identify at risk 2. Sharing coping skills 3. Escalate the ones in danger

Why we do it?

Feeling hopeless | anxious | depressed? You’re not alone. 2020 has been a particularly challenging year for many people. If you are a young professional (Gen X Y Z) struggling with anxiety and depression, then we especially want to help you.

We seek to implement a nationwide, clinical, systematic, comprehensive TAKEDOWN of mental health stigma, 1 inch at a time. 1 face at a time. We leave no man behind. #LivesofSG #BeNotAfraid #Itsokaytonotbeokay

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” – Robin Williams

According to the Singapore Mental Health Study 2016:

  1. >15% of adults have experienced a mental health condition in their lifetime.. 75% of people with a mental health condition in their lifetime did not seek any professional help. 
  2. 7 /10 respondents believed that persons with mental health conditions experience stigma and discrimination in their daily lives, and yet. 5 / 10 respondents were not willing to live with, live nearby, or work with a person with mental health condition.  
  3. 9 in 10 respondents believe that those with mental health issues “could get better if they wanted to”,. 50% said that mental health issues are “a sign of personal weakness” and six in 10 said that such people are “unpredictable”.

Let’s work together towards:

  1. Increasing Mental Health awareness
  2. Increasing access to Mental Health services
  3. Decreasing social stigma regarding Mental Health issues

To TAKE-DOWN mental health issues through sharing of stories | experiences | statements. Our goal in brief is to build a community, open, inclusive and non-judgy to help professionals, from millennials to the matured, improve your mental health. We want to be your psychological First Aid, and promote mental health awareness.

As Prof Goh has pointed out, ‘There is no health without MENTAL HEAlTH‘. We feel, in the aftermath of Covid, this group of higher functioning silent sufferers will be affected greatly. Additionally, SOS, MOE, MOH, #plsstay movement and NCSS BeyondtheLabel are addressing the needs of the different age groups as we speak.

ENDPOINT is to coordinate + consolidate this mental wellness landscape, optimizing resources under 1 central umbrella. Because there is no need to confuse the public with information overload. To simplify is divine.

  1. #BeNotAfraid | Be not afraid to look bad. Be not afraid to reach out. Be not afraid to seek help.|| Underlying theme is accepting one-self. Which would go a lot way into helping silent sufferers *TAKEDOWN* this condition, 1 inch at a time. ||
  2. #1lifesavedSG, #LivesofSG |To reduce suicide rates in Professionals and eradicate this negative social stigma  
  3. #itsokaytobenotokay | Awareness Feeling depressed, feeling anxious is not an illness, not a disease, but unmet emotional needs growing up.

And why are we reaching out to Professionals?

Professionals are our *silent sufferers*

People in this category are highly functioning, we think we can figure things out independently, we think we dont need any help from anyone… the underlying ISSUE of pride and social stigma for healthy help-seeking behavior. However, it is precisely this group that needs help, because recession is looming, people are feeling more stressed, worried about being laid off, worried about bringing food to the table, worried about their family, worried about the future, as a result of the impact of Covid, the worse being still unknown. This would have a trickle down effect on families, and poor kids suffer the most in the end. We. Dont. Want. That.

Presently MOE is addressing emotional quotient in schools. While there are apps directed at youths. Theres a movement for mummies focusing on teenage suicide. SOS, Family Life Society, IMH mental health hotline are helping the poor. So we will not duplicate resources… we will complement them, and target professionals, the high functioning but SILENT SUFFERERS, for many will fall under the axe.

Challenges we face:

1. Sufferers often have no motivation to seek help

2. Sufferers have no money to seek professional help

3. Sufferers dont want to talk to anyone

Our direction:

3 arms

  1. Awareness Ambassadors | To do the outreach to Gen X.Y.Z (all walks of life)
  2. Builders  | Focus on story collection, building an open, non-judgy inclusive, accepting society
  3. Care Team | We focus on Workplace zoom talks to identify at risk colleagues, share tips on how to help them and self soothe, and escalate the at-risk ones

1. Asian Forum https://www.humansofnewyork.com/ ||  We do a LivesofSG version. #1lifesavedSG|| Links to Resources for self help on youtube, and referral to a team of doctors + psychologists. On hotlines to talk to someone.  | For mental wellness. manned by sufferers who have been there done that. Readers post their issues anonymously on a board -> And moderators reply, while public can comment and provide support. So it grows and becomes a repository of stories categorised by the 5 major emotions. Qualifiers will be made.  A. Disclaimer B.Indication C. Anonymous+ PHMC act

2. On nights where sufferers are alone and lonely, to have app bots to talk to them. Because many feel alone in this big big world, they feel they have no friends to turn to.

 3. AI bots who can reply with EMPATHY | only activated at night | not to replace Human interactionThere is currently no Sg forum dedicated to this with enough traction, for ppl who are more comfortable typing then talking over the phone or video call. One which deals with Asian issues, and has a collection of stories by Asians. I find that ppl open up when others around them, who they can identify, open up first.

How we do it?

To work with Influencers | Govt bodies + VWOs | Therapists + doctors as a tripartite alliance. We coordinate and consolidate. Because too many resources out there, only leads to confusion and unwanted buyers’ paralysis. One of the main reasons sufferers don’t seek help is because they don’t know who to go to. Aim is to complement hotlines not replace them || And not to replicate. ||

1. Influencers to spread the word and relate their story, struggle, coping and personal statements. People to subscribe and sign up | With disclaimer qualifying the right ppl we can help and channeling the riskier ones to other avenues

2. Forum to write and share their darkness and to read about other ppl’s struggles. KIV BOTS in future.



What we do?

PROJECT TIMELINE || 1 year ending in Sept 2021


Our VISION: is to TAKEDOWN the social stigma for Asian mental health issues, and build a caring, open and non judgy community with a platform to share their stories + AI Bot enable capability for discussing non suicidal issues, at night when no one else is there to help. We are a psychological first aid, we put the band-aid on the wound. We seek to build awareness and TAKEDOWN social stigmas, one inch at a time. To make people less afraid…. #BeNotAfraid

He succeeded in his lifelong goal… to make people less afraid… this was robin’s wish…one of the greatest actors of all time

Robin Williams

HELPLINES |

Samaritans of Singapore:1800-221-4444Singapore Association for Mental Health:1800-283-7019Institute of Mental Health’s Mobile Crisis Service:6389-2222Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin):1800-353-5800Silver Ribbon:6386-1928Tinkle Friend:1800-274-4788

Team LivesofSG

Partnerships with VWOs | Our strength lies in

  1. Well curated stories (anonymously) with a positive message
  2. Lifestyle Influencers with a focus on professionals | Gen X.Y.Z
  3. Focus on Professionals (the silent sufferers who have long been overlooked)

Social media channels

LivesofSG – FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/LivesofSg-108592737717980/  – Focus on Workplace Depression only House rules. Only Workplace related articles and media.  AI chatbots and reaching out to our professionals. Pls invite your Gen XYZ friends to join and share
LivesofSG – FB community – Continues to be our 5 senses media awareness arm
LivesofSG –IG community – Our HumansofSG arm, sharing fun family, friendship, workplace photos based on theme of the week. And positive messages.
LivesofSG – Youtube – Call to action to join our community. And personal story. 
LivesofSG.org – In progress, out next week. 1. Stories 2. Videos and sharings 3. Forum

Q +A

What do our detractors say?

  1. I’m not tech saavy and the idea of  bots to talk to for depressed and suicidal people makes me uncomfortable
  2. And if someone kills themselves whilst using your app, then it will be a problem too
  3. Also is the end-point to refer to a human therapist? Coz how are ppl gonna afford that
  4. Sg started something similar many years ago. It never gained traction.
  5. Why do I need to go to this website?
  6. Why would I continue to visit this website, and who is moderating it?
  7. Who would continue to contribute to this site, how sustainable will it be?
  8. Why are we not helping the poor and marginalised?
  9. Do stories really help inspire those who are suffering? Is there any value in doing so?
  10. Are you duplicating already evident resources? How do you ensure sustainability? Why are there so many mental health movements in SG currently?

Clarification

1. LivesofSG – short story chicken soup for the soul collection + anonymous forum, aka humans of New York style, but amended for Asian context. Chatbots to help on nights when sufferers feel alone, experience insomnia, and have no one to talk to. Because the incredible painful feeling of loneliness is not something to be dismissed.

I agree it cannot replace human – human interaction, but the power of AI cannot be downplayed. In the US, chatbots are used and scientifically proven to benefit people with anxiety and depression. Its about developing coping mechanisms, and yes, it cannot address the emotional neglect, which requires the next step, speaking to someone. My plan is for a psychological first aid, like a band aid on your wound.

2. I think if these forums are written without any identification, more users will be willing be share their experiences.

3. Qualifiers so only those high functioning PNETS will be helped | suicidal patients will be referred immediately

4. Endpoint: Awareness. An open sharing accepting community like new York

5. We refer complex cases to IMH and SOS || So we help them to filter out manageable, we handle higher functioning patients, which tend to be the PMETS, by virtual of the fact that they have come this far.

6. This would be aka Chicken Soup for the soul | Sg version. To know there are others in your plight. Our panelists would take turns to share their stories every month. So the website layout | Stories by real ppl + Forum for anonymous sharing ( moderated by a group of volunteers)

I think times have changed and we are ready for this. As a society, as a community. We will not be ambitious, we will focus on a select group, complementing the work of others. Influencers will lead the way to care and share. The aim is to build an open, inclusive, accepting, non judgy community.

SOS, Family Life Society, IMH mental health hotline are helping the poor. So we will not duplicate resources. We cant do everything so we decided on this target group first. We want to serve the silent sufferers and when more people come forward, we can extend this project to others.

Challenges we foresee

  1. Asians not willing to share their story, unlike westerners. So influencers impt to encourage
  2. Funding. Tote board. We need funding for website, AI white labelling. Once off only and yearly maintainence of web hosting fee.
  3. Web designer | Web master to help us manage this
  4. On-going fees: How to sustain this project without passing it to end users. We want this to be an open source.
  5. Too many websites and movements presently.
  6. Hence we wish to support a VWO in this field, and come under their umbrella, helping them to reach out to this niche group of professionals.

Pls note

  1. Your welfare is our priority. We are not looking for kamikaze pilots. We have a a safety net in place to take care of our members. Because the last thing we want is for members to crash and burn from dedicating themselves to this project.
  2. We are all busy parents, so a heart in the right place is all we need. Adhoc work as needed, at your own time, own target.
  3. Those who wish to contribute anonymously, please do… We do have a team of Silent warriors behind the scenes, so you are not alone.

LivesofSG ||
Pain point:

  1. I was not clear about the deliverables, and ideas develop and formulate as we move forward.
  2. End goal. When do we say we have completed our task?
  3. Sustainability moving forward. How comfortable is the team identifying with a photo and personal statement re: this initiative. Its an identity and I feel some of you may not be so open about it. Additionally, I know many of our volunteers are wearing several hats, so commitment levels varies due to time constraints.

As Prof Goh has pointed out, ‘There is no health without MENTAL HEALTH‘. We feel, in the aftermath of Covid, this group of higher functioning silent sufferers will be affected greatly. Additionally, SOS, MOE, MOH, #plsstay movement and NCSS BeyondtheLabel are addressing the needs of the different age groups as we speak.

ENDPOINT is to coordinate + consolidate this mental wellness landscape, optimizing resources under 1 central umbrella. Because there is no need to confuse the public with information overload. To simplify is divine.

  1. #BeNotAfraid | Be not afraid to look bad. Be not afraid to reach out. Be not afraid to seek help.|| Underlying theme is accepting one-self. Which would go a lot way into helping silent sufferers *TAKEDOWN* this condition, 1 inch at a time. ||
  2. #1lifesavedSG, #LivesofSG |To reduce suicide rates in PMETS and eradicate this negative social stigma  
  3. Awareness | #itsokaytobenotokay Feeling depressed, feeling anxious is not an illness, not a disease, but unmet emotional needs growing up.

And why are we reaching out to Professionals?

Professionals are our *silent sufferers*

People in this category are highly functioning, we think we can figure things out independently, we think we dont need any help from anyone… the underlying ISSUE of pride and social stigma for healthy help-seeking behavior. However, it is precisely this group that needs help, because recession is looming, people are feeling more stressed, worried about being laid off, worried about bringing food to the table, worried about their family, worried about the future, as a result of the impact of Covid, the worse being still unknown. This would have a trickle down effect on families, and poor kids suffer the most in the end. We. Dont. Want. That.

Presently MOE is addressing emotional quotient in schools. While there are apps directed at youths. Theres a movement for mummies focusing on teenage suicide. SOS, Family Life Society, IMH mental health hotline are helping the poor. So we will not duplicate resources… we will complement them, and target PMETS, the high functioning but SILENT SUFFERERS, for many will fall under the axe.

Challenges we face:

1. Sufferers often have no motivation to seek help

2. Sufferers have no money to seek professional help

3. Sufferers dont want to talk to anyone

Proposal

  1. Our Team shares our personal experience +coping skills + positive message.
  2. Then extend to the public by interviewing Professionals ( IT/ Tech/ Banking/ Consulting/ Medicine/ Dentistry etc) and rewriting their stories
  3. Touching base with VWOs to seek permission to share their case stories

1. Asian Forum https://www.humansofnewyork.com/ ||  We do a LivesofSG version. #1lifesavedSG|| Links to Resources for self help on youtube, and referral to a team of doctors + psychologists. On hotlines to talk to someone.  | For mental wellness. manned by sufferers who have been there done that. Readers post their issues anonymously on a board -> And moderators reply, while public can comment and provide support. So it grows and becomes a repository of stories categorised by the 5 major emotions. Qualifiers will be made.  A. Disclaimer B.Indication C. Anonymous+ PHMC act

2. On nights where sufferers are alone and lonely, to have app bots to talk to them. Because many feel alone in this big big world, they feel they have no friends to turn to.

 3. AI bots who can reply with EMPATHY | only activated at night | not to replace Human interactionThere is currently no Sg forum dedicated to this with enough traction, for ppl who are more comfortable typing then talking over the phone or video call. One which deals with Asian issues, and has a collection of stories by Asians. I find that ppl open up when others around them, who they can identify, open up first.

How we do it?

To work with Influencers. Govt bodies + VWOs. Therapists + doctors as a tripartite alliance. We coordinate and consolidate.

1. Influencers to spread the word and relate their story, struggle, coping and personal statements. People to subscribe and sign up | With disclaimer qualifying the right ppl we can help and channeling the riskier ones to other avenues

2. Forum to write and share their darkness and to read about other ppl’s struggles. KIV BOTS in future.

Aim is to complement hotlines not replace them || And not to replicate. || I need a good web designer for this user interface

Process:  Moderators identify RISK-> PM them and therapists on site to make first contact => On consult with medical team => Options 1. refer to our team of 25 therapists (probono) 2. Medical attention              (Doctors panel) + Our forum platform and bots will help with the easier, higher functioning cases, complex cases to be escalated. So we are a psychological first aid, a wound band aid.



What we do?

3 arms

  1. Awareness Ambassadors
  2. Builders  | Focus on story collection, building an open, non judgy inclusive, accepting society
  3. Care Team | First Contact with at risk, and our team on therapists and doctors will come together to see how best we can help u

PROJECT TIMELINE || 1 year ending in Sept 2021


Our VISION: is to TAKEDOWN the social stigma for Asian mental health issues, and build a caring, open and non judgy community with a platform to share their stories + AI Bot enable capability for discussing non suicidal issues, at night when no one else is there to help. We are a psychological first aid, we put the band-aid on the wound. We seek to build awareness and TAKEDOWN social stigmas, one inch at a time. To make people less afraid…. #BeNotAfraid

He succeeded in his lifelong goal… to make people less afraid… this was robin’s wish…one of the greatest actors of all time

Robin Williams

HELPLINES |

Samaritans of Singapore:1800-221-4444Singapore Association for Mental Health:1800-283-7019Institute of Mental Health’s Mobile Crisis Service:6389-2222Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin):1800-353-5800Silver Ribbon:6386-1928Tinkle Friend:1800-274-4788

Team LivesofSG

Partnerships with VWOs | Our strength lies in

  1. Well curated stories with a positive message
  2. Lifestyle Influencers with a focus on professionals
  3. Focus on Professionals ( the silent sufferers who have long been overlooked)

Goals for LivesofSG ||
Pain point:

  1. I was not clear about the deliverables, and ideas develop and formulate as we move forward.
  2. End goal. When do we say we have completed our task?
  3. Sustainability moving forward. How comfortable is the team identifying with a photo and personal statement re: this initiative. Its an identity and I feel some of you may not be so open about it. Additionally, I know many of our volunteers are wearing several hats, so commitment levels varies due to time constraints.

Timeline + Targets | We finish this in 1 year ENDING 2021
Nov 15 2020
FB Group 1000 x members in our community | To allow us to pitch to media to help us spread awareness. Otherwise we are just floating around unfortunately.
A. Content – Education and Media Team Leads pls take note.

  1. Articles on mental health for FB group. 5x a week.
  2. Influencers to each share a 1 min clip about their story, coping, and personal statement. –5x
  3. Tag and share 10 x people per influencer for each article and sharing. #humansofSG #1lifesavedSG #BeNotAfraid #Itsokaytonotbeokay
    Sidenote. Grow our Awareness Ambassadors team. Replies have been positive. Working on red tape and how to cut it.
    B. Short stories + Statements
  4. 25x stories of personal struggle + coping from each team
  5. 100x personal statements

1 Dec 2020
We come together to discuss if Website is feasible moving forward. Whether we have the bandwidth for that, because we do not want a one-hit-wonder. We want sustainability and if the team as yet feels its not viable, we will postpone it.
We are still in the process of refining our methodology, targets and we welcome feedback and suggestions on how we can do better.

Sept 2021 | The handover
FB Platform is stable and self running, with articles, stories, sharings. Those who are keen, pls on as moderators for the FB group.
Handover the Admin to our young Doctor team

  1. Number of sign ups > 5K community
  2. Number of feedback form positive responses >500
  3. Referrals to psy+ health >50X
  4. number of people sharing the hashtag >50’000 #

The Dream TEAM || LivesofSG #1LifesavedSG #BeNotAfraid

CORE

Prof Goh Lee Gan Pioneer Family Med | Our Mentor + Dr Ang Yong Guan Advisor        

Dr.Tan E Ching: Senior Family Physician | Advisor + Grace Loh Fournier: Legal Tech and Psychotherapist-in-training| Chief  + Leah Selakovic | Psychologist+ Cecilia Leong Faulkner + Adelene Fong Pyn Lim | Strategist +  Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang + Prof Gabriel Low Cheng Hock | Observer  Samuel Seow | Media + Legal Counsel

Builders + Care Team

Leah Selakovic | Education + Media Psychologist  | Co Lead Ferry Bayat | Special needs educator with interest in kids| 2IC + Eleanor Wong + Eve Zhang | Counsellor + Therapist + Gloria Soo + Desiree Chung + Team of 26 Psychotherapist volunteers

Dr Gary Ang + Dr Tan Liat Leng + Dr Nina A: Celebrity Cosmetic  + Dr Jade Chee: Kickass Millennial + Maggie Chua Team Lead  + Shireen Henry | Volunteer advocate + Dr Chia Min Shan + Dr Vanessa Tan | ENT +  Dr Tan Keetung | Family Physician

Awareness Ambassadors + Outreach

Dr Rachel Chin + Paige Shi + Eunice Yeo Spartan Champ 2015 + Natalie Dau: Ultramarathoner + Angela Poppy + Henny V | Socialite + Uncle Sam:CrossFit Coach + Alishia Cleopatra
Sarah K: Korean + Eleanor Wong + Pika Sen + Sharene Goh + Prof Valerie Chew + Dr Enrica Sham + Ann Sim

Legal

Renita Sophia Crasta + Tan Hian Zee: Adhoc Legal Assistance

Behind the scenes Warriors |

Dr Chu Jiawan + + Jane Z xxxofmuse | Strategist + Observers | Dr Amanda Ong + Sang Hee Shin | Our Kickass Aussie red wine connection team

Daniel Chang | Founder + Enabler + The Janitor |


Q +A

What do our detractors say?

  1. I’m not tech saavy and the idea of  bots to talk to for depressed and suicidal people makes me uncomfortable
  2. And if someone kills themselves whilst using your app, then it will be a problem too
  3. Also is the end-point to refer to a human therapist? Coz how are ppl gonna afford that
  4. Sg started something similar many years ago. It never gained traction.
  5. Why do I need to go to this website?
  6. Why would I continue to visit this website, and who is moderating it?
  7. Who would continue to contribute to this site, how sustainable will it be?
  8. Why are we not helping the poor and marginalised?
  9. Do stories really help inspire those who are suffering? Is there any value in doing so?
  10. Are you duplicating already evident resources? How do you ensure sustainability? Why are there so many mental health movements in SG currently?

Clarification

1. LivesofSG – short story chicken soup for the soul collection + anonymous forum, aka humans of New York style, but amended for Asian context. Chatbots to help on nights when sufferers feel alone, experience insomnia, and have no one to talk to. Because the incredible painful feeling of loneliness is not something to be dismissed.

I agree it cannot replace human – human interaction, but the power of AI cannot be downplayed. In the US, chatbots are used and scientifically proven to benefit people with anxiety and depression. Its about developing coping mechanisms, and yes, it cannot address the emotional neglect, which requires the next step, speaking to someone. My plan is for a psychological first aid, like a band aid on your wound.

2. I think if these forums are written without any identification, more users will be willing be share their experiences.

3. Qualifiers so only those high functioning PNETS will be helped | suicidal patients will be referred immediately

4. Endpoint: Awareness. An open sharing accepting community like new York

5. We refer complex cases to IMH and SOS || So we help them to filter out manageable, we handle higher functioning patients, which tend to be the PMETS, by virtual of the fact that they have come this far.

6. This would be aka Chicken Soup for the soul | Sg version. To know there are others in your plight. Our panelists would take turns to share their stories every month. So the website layout | Stories by real ppl + Forum for anonymous sharing ( moderated by a group of volunteers)

I think times have changed and we are ready for this. As a society, as a community. We will not be ambitious, we will focus on a select group, complementing the work of others. Influencers will lead the way to care and share. The aim is to build an open, inclusive, accepting, non judgy community.

SOS, Family Life Society, IMH mental health hotline are helping the poor. So we will not duplicate resources. We cant do everything so we decided on this target group first. We want to serve the silent sufferers and when more people come forward, we can extend this project to others.

Step 1.

Contributed by us the panelists, we start sharing our stories, struggles and encourage others to come fwd. So it no longer becomes a taboo, pplp no longer fear the stigma and labels.

Questionaire to qualify the right candidates. | So I was thinking not to duplicate resources so we focus on a select crowd for now. | 35-45, Non suicidal, no prev history of diagnosed mental health disorders. All anonymous except for username, age and questionnaire to ensure qualifies for us. Those excluded will be directed to a link to the hotlines avail for them. We do not want them to feel left out.

A.I bots to be activated at night. Bec many suffer insomnia so good to have a bot to talk to. We are not replacing hotlines. We are providing an alternative avenue for those, like me, who prefer to type on a PC than talk over the phone or face to face. Hence the narrower age group range but open to suggestion.

Step 2.

To gain traction and reach out to more ppl, we need to share on social media and with our friends and kickstart our Awareness Ambassador Campaign.

Step 3.

Coordination of NCSS, MOH, LivesofSG and VWOs. And open to collaborations to help other VWOs with the setup we have.

Challenges we foresee

  1. Asians not willing to share their story, unlike westerners. So influencers impt to encourage
  2. Funding. Tote board. We need funding for website, AI white labelling. Once off only and yearly maintainence of web hosting fee.
  3. Web designer | Web master to help us manage this
  4. On-going fees: How to sustain this project without passing it to end users. We want this to be an open source.
  5. Too many websites and movements presently.
  6. Hence we wish to support a VWO in this field, and come under their umbrella, helping them to reach out to this niche group of professionals.

Pls note

  1. Your welfare is our priority. We are not looking for kamikaze pilots. We have a a safety net in place to take care of our members. Because the last thing we want is for members to crash and burn from dedicating themselves to this project.
  2. We are all busy parents, so a heart in the right place is all we need. Adhoc work as needed, at your own time, own target.
  3. Those who wish to contribute anonymously, please do… We do have a team of Silent warriors behind the scenes, so you are not alone.

  1. When someone writes an paragraph he/she keeps the idea of a user in his/her brain that how a user can…

  2. When someone writes an paragraph he/she keeps the idea of a user in his/her brain that how a user can…



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#WFH… working from home is the buzzword for SO many of us and this has led to a growth in many home based services and of course, those super convenient food deliveries. With waking up late, not having to commute and working in our PJs being the norm, I for one have noticed an unfortunate growth in the waistline category =P So yes, its time to beat the bulge and say goodbye to those unwanted fat cells.

Whats the best treatment for fat reduction in Singapore?

Have you experienced those stubborn body fat that refuses to go away despite your repeated efforts at the gym?

Have you found that no amount of dieting helps to eliminate your love handles?

Do you notice your waistline growing larger despite your best kickass exercise regime?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. In my experience, I have come across alot of healthy people with acceptable BMI still suffer from excess body fat. It is partly due to our diet, partly due to our genes, partly due to our lifestyle.

Which is MOST EFFECTIVE for fat reduction,

Radiofrequency machines using Venus Freeze, Vanquish

Fat Freeze machines using Coolsculpting, Micool

OR Electromagnetic therapy using EMSCULPT ? 

EMSCULPT SINGAPORE
MICOOL FAT FREEZE SINGAPORE
COOLSCULPT SINGAPORE

Here is the breakdown.

The Venus Freeze is a state of the art technology developed in Israel. It uses multipolar radiofrequency and pulsed magnetic fields that generate heat, resulting in skin tightening and wrinkle and cellulite reduction. It was FDA approved in 2010.

Vanquish is a contactless external radiofrequency device that uses electromagnetic waves to target your body fat only. The external skin ( epidermis, dermis)  is unharmed and this has been proven by histological studies. It is a far newer technology than Coolsculpting, and has been FDA approved for permanent fat reduction since June, 2015.

EMSCULPT is the first device to build muscle and sculpt your body. Through the high intensity electromagnetic therapy procedure, one can enlarge current muscles, as well as grow new muscle fibers. The Emsculpt procedure is currently FDA cleared to treat your abdominals, buttocks, arms, calves and thighs.patients generally have less overlying fat yet desire greater muscle definition. However, if your main goal is to remove stubborn fat and you aren’t as interested in building muscle, you may be better off with CoolSculpting.

Coolsculpting and Micool are fat freeze machines. They utilise a time tested, time honoured technology of cryolipolysis to freeze your fat cells, which are then removed by your lymphatics. It is FDA HSA approved and consistently outperforms the newer sexier machines listed above.

Whats the best way to reduce stubborn fat?

In my clinical experience, nothing beats a battle hardened cryolipolysis fat freeze treatment for fat reduction. Period. For optimum results, one can combine fire and ice. Meaning a combination of heating and cooling to effectively target stubborn fat bulges. A good weight management programme would complete the picture. 

Weight management entails – lifestyle and diet changes.

Diet wise, I find the intermittent fasting an extremely effective way to manage weight, and keep your metabolism and energy levels intact. The one i subscribe to is the 16/8 rule, that is fasting for 16h and eating for 8h only. =)

For Cryolipolysis, which is better, Coolsculpt or Micool from Hironic? 

I find the US machine effective but it has only 1 hand piece. Micool comes with 2 hand pieces so you can freeze your stubborn fat bulges twice as fast. To busy professionals, time is everything. 

HOW much does fat freeze treatment cost?

Your area of concern may require a series of 1-3 sessions, spaced a month apart for optimum fat reduction.

Most clinics would share a treatment packages. Ala carte prices start from $690 /area/ session.

Is fat freeze painful?

During the first 5-10min, you may experience a pulling sensation, as the machine sucks and holds onto your fat cells. Thereafter you will not experience anymore discomfort. At the end of the session, you will notice a red sore swelling as per area of treatment. This usually takes 1-2 weeks to heal.

Post fat freeze swelling

What are the indications for fat freeze?

Please note these treatments do not help in weight loss. But they are pretty bad-ass when it comes to body fat reduction. Areas covered include

  • Tummy, Flanks
  • Limbs
  • Double Chin
  • Cellulite

What are the clinical results?

In clinical studies, Cryolipolysis technology with Coolsculpting, Micool eliminated 20-25% of the fat cells treated.

Vanquish eliminated 25- 30% in selected cases.

Emsculpt is more effective for muscle sculpting, so these patients do not have as much body fat.

How long is each session. What is the treatment schedule?

Vanquish requires weekly treatments, on average 4- 6 times, at 45 min intervals each. This covers the entire abdomen.

Coolsculpting, Micool requires an hour session each. It covers a small area, and 6 treatment pieces are needed to cover the entire abdomen from the flanks onwards.

What are the side effects of VENUS Freeze, Vanquish vs Emsculpt vs Coolsculpting Micool?

Venus Freeze and Vanquish have little to no downtime. Both are relatively painfree. Mild transient erythema has been reported in some cases.

Emsculpt has little to no downtime. Your muscles may feel a tad sore after the treatment. 

Coolsculpting leads to redness, swelling and bruising, that takes 1 -2 weeks to heal. Minority of patients experience temporary neuralgia ( nerve pain ). The process feels like a suction pulling your fat away, which can feel sore.

By contrast, Venus Freeze, Vanquish treats the entire abdominal area at once, as the device hovers above the skin without contact, providing a more even, smoother result.


Frequently asked questions 💯

What is fat freeze?✅


Fat freeze is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling and pressure to eliminate stubborn fat that will not shrink through diet and exercise alone. No general/topical anesthesia or pain medication is required. There is no downtime and you may resume normal exercise and activity immediately.
Results will gradually develop over 2 to 4 months following your treatment. You can achieve 25% fat reduction on average. Areas can be retreated if necessary in the future.
Do stop over the counter medications like aspirin, anti-inflammatories and fish oil supplements as these may also exacerbate bruising.


Treatment Day 🌟

  1. Wear comfortable, loose clothing to your appointment
  2. You may eat prior to arrival but we recommend a light meal as rarely some patients may feel nauseated at the start of the session.
  3. Prior to your treatment photography, measurements and weight will be taken for comparison on your follow up.
  4. What can I Expect During the fat freeze Treatment?
  5. The vacuum pressure may cause sensations of deep pulling, tugging and pinching in the area being treated. This sensation will subside over the first five to seven minutes of each application and for the remainder of the session should be comfortable.
  6. Most patients experience very mild sensations; some patients experience more intense sensations at the beginning of each session but the symptoms will subside after the first 10 minutes.
  7. After one hour the treatment for that area is completed and the device is removed.
  8. Immediately upon removal of the device the tissue will be firm and massage is important to maximize the treatment result.
  9. During this 3 minute process, it will feel like a deep tissue massage – uncomfortable but bearable. Immediately after the procedure the treated area may look or feel stiff, red, bruised or swollen/bloated.
  10. You may feel a sense of nausea or dizziness as your body naturally warms and sensation returns to your treatment area.
  11. In some patients, YOUR skin may ache or sting for a brief period of time as sensation returns to the area.
  12. Your skin will initially be pink and some evidence of bruising may be immediately visible. The pinkness will subside over the first several hours after treatment. If you have developed bruising it may remain for up to a week following the session.
  13. What to expect after fat freeze?
    Most patients have very mild symptoms but, as with any medical procedure, each patient experiences it uniquely.
    Symptoms always subside over time and have NO long lasting complications.
    For most patients the symptoms are mild to moderate and often are more apparent when trying to sleep. If you are having difficulty sleeping please notify the office and prescription medications may be helpful.
  14. You may experience:
    • deep itching • tingling • numbness, soreness, or tenderness to the touch • pain or aching in the treated area • cramping or muscle spasms •

Redness, bruising, swelling and tenderness can occur in the treated area. This typically resolves within a week or two. You may feel a temporary dulling of sensation or itching sensitivity in the treated area. Numbness at the site is common, resolving over 1-3 weeks. You will be able to return to your normal daily routine immediately after the procedure. It is common for the treated area to feel bloated and to look swollen for the first three weeks after fat freeze.

Compression tights such as yoga pants or Spanx may feel good to wear during this period. You may experience a temporary dulling of sensation or itching/tingling/off sensation that can last for several weeks.


4 to 10 days post fat freeze you may notice more intense sensations than during the first few days. This is due to the inflammatory response your body naturally mounts to remove the dead fat cells.


Please notify your provider if your symptoms are severe or are interfering with your ability to perform activities or sleep, or they persist beyond 2 weeks.

When Do I Expect to See Results?

Following the procedure, a gradual reduction in the thickness of the fat layer will take place. You may start to see changes as early as three weeks after and you will experience the most dramatic results after two to three months. Your body will continue to process the injured fat cells from your body for approximately four months after your procedure.


How Do I Maximize my Treatment Results?

Weight gain will prevent you from appreciating your full results. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine after your procedure can help prevent this. If you are eating more calories than you are burning off through normal activity and exercise, the extra calories will be stored as fat in other locations in your body. This is the perfect time to evaluate your eating and exercise habits and to make changes if merited to optimize your result. Avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and Celebrex for six weeks after the treatment. The inflammatory response in your body is the mechanism which removes the fat cells and inhibiting the body’s ability to mount a response may slow the progress of your result. Schedule a follow-up medical assessment to review your clinical results and discuss the option of additional treatments to achieve desired outcome for this treatment site and other treatment sites.

So I hope this head to head comparison on the fat reduction machines in the market has been useful to you. Cheers to a slimmer you this 2021, so you can have your cake and eat it! =P

  • Dr Daniel Chang
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Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. Aesthet Surg J
 
Mulholland Noninvasive body contouring with radiofrequency, ultrasound, cryolipolysis and low-level laser therapy. Clin Plastic Surg

 
Of note, there is a clinical phenomenon known as PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA  (PAH) which is a complication of Coolsculpting.  The area adjacent to the treated area undergoes rapid growth of the fat tissue, usually months after the initial Coolsculpting treatment.  Hence it is best when treating to cover the entire abdomen.

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