The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on many.
But while it’s normal to be angry and frustrated with a rant spilling out of you every now and then, what isn’t normal is to throw chairs from the fourth floor of your HDB flat.
Man Who Had Thrown Chairs Down HDB Flat Has Been Moody Recently
You may have come across this video yesterday:
The video starts off with a topless man with dyed red hair throwing various objects from the fourth floor of an HDB block at Yishun, Blk 104.
No, it’s not Steven Lim. Read on and you’d understand.
The man first throws a blue chair over the corridor railing. A few minutes later, he flings what looks like a blue barrel along with several stools.
He then throws some other unidentifiable objects as confused passers-by look on. A woman can also be heard shouting, telling people to disperse before they get fined (she sure got her priorities right), while others made sure everyone stayed clear of the area.
The police were alerted to the incident and they arrested the chair-flinging man.
Investigations are ongoing, but the question remains: why would he do something like this?
I know what you’re thinking. This happened in Yishun, so it’s just another Thursday, right?
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Earlier Report Alleges That He Lost His Job But That’s Not Verified
As previously mentioned, many people have lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 outbreak, and this unfortunate man was one of them.
According to TNP, the 49-year-old man, also known as Ah Ping, has been working as a staff member employed by Resorts World Sentosa’s third-party vendor who runs one of the integrated resort’s staff cafeteria.
(Earlier report states that he lost his job as a dealer but that source is somehow changed – we apologise for the error)
A grocery stall owner who spoke to the Chinese daily said the man lives in the neighbourhood and used to be friendly, but he became moody after he lost his job, though that is not verified.
You can actually see him in distress at one point in the video, as he buries his head in his arms and shakes like he’s sobbing.
While he obviously shouldn’t have done something as rash as throwing heavy objects from his flat, he was clearly experiencing some severe emotional distress.
Covid-19 Could Take A Toll On Mental Health
Coping with the Covid-19 pandemic is not just a physical or medical challenge, but a psychological one as well, experts say.
The severe disruption of routine and the normal structure of life can cause some to feel anxious, depressed, or fearful.
Psychologist Evonne Lek said the Covid-19 crisis has also created a combination of economic and financial instability, more so if you’ve just lost your job, of course.
More People Dialing In
According to CNA, more people are also dialing in to suicide and mental health hotlines.
Suicide prevention agency Samaritans of Singapore’s (SOS) chief executive Gasper Tan said they received an increase of over 22 per cent in the number of calls they attended to in March 2020 as compared to that of the same period in 2019.
And the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) observed an increase in helpline calls by 50 per cent in February and March 2020 compared to the average calls from April 2019 to Jan 2020, it said.
Staying Mentally Healthy
So, how can we stay mentally healthy during this period?
Speaking to CNA, SOS’ Mr Tan says it is important to maintain a strong social connection, either through social media, texts or calls.
This is as important as prioritising a healthy diet and sleep pattern, he said.
We can do this by staying connected with friends and family members during this trying time.
For those who need to talk to somebody, there are several hotlines which you can call, including a national one introduced recently.
National CARE Hotline: 6202-6868
Samaritans of Singapore: 1800-221-4444
Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
Institute of Mental Health’s Mobile Crisis Service: 6389-2222
Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800
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