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HOPE

clock2 June 2022

WILLIAM PUAY – When there is hope, many doors open


“The journey to recovery is like kneading a ball of clay into a smooth slab to make beautiful art pieces. It takes intense but worthwhile effort to be well.”  

William Puay Wee Liang, 32, is an enthusiastic and earnest person who strives to help others. A Buddhist vegetarian, he struggles with mental health challenges and had his first breakdown while serving National Service. He was diagnosed with conversion disorder, anxiety disorder and depression. He completed his service nonetheless. In the university, William, who has mild dyslexia, also had a few breakdowns. With determination and support from his lecturers and the university’s Student Wellness Centre, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. At the centre, he developed a love for art.

William faced challenges at work and in order to prioritise his mental health. He was referred to Club HEAL where he feels accepted. He received counselling support, and thereafter joined the Rehab programme. “I realised through being at Club HEAL, the problem is not me. I am not the problem. We all have challenges in life - it is natural. We just have to learn and take control of our lives to overcome these challenges” he said.

At this point of William’s recovery journey, he feels strengthened and practices more self-awareness and mindfulness. He is thankful for the mentors who came his way – such as his aunt, his psychiatrist Dr Raja Velloo, Junainah Eusope, Senior Programme Coordinator of Rehab at Club HEAL who is by his side, motivating him on his dark days. He is also thankful to Rehab volunteers Fran and Cik Sameni, who believe in his potential, and affirm and validate him. He is inspired by Nhawfal, Club HEAL’s art instructor, who shares with him a unique perspective that even an ugly portrait is still a beautiful piece of art.

William dreams of setting up his own business where he can support others with mental health conditions as they use their strengths to reach their full potential. He hopes to become a motivational speaker, breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, and making the world better and brighter.

William enthused, “The journey to recovery is like kneading a ball of clay into a smooth slab to make beautiful art pieces. It takes intense but worthwhile effort to be well.”

Click here for more information on Club HEAL’s Day Rehabilitation Services.