Jen T., 32, who works in Singapore, was diagnosed in early 2008 when she inexplicably broke down in her boss' office. Before that she had experienced perplexing cycles of highs and lows over a few years. With the diagnosis, some measure of healing started taking place and she believes in being open, whether with her family or colleagues or church friends, as part of the healing journey. She recently completed a master's thesis in the communication for social change programme in the University of Queensland. It examined how self-stigma in people with mental illness correlates to decreased communication about what they go through. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D in mental health discourse/communication in the near future so she can be involved in media advocacy in this area. In her free time, she enjoys music, diving, photography and giving massages.
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