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Heart of the Matter - S2: Schools and stress: A tangled web involving parents, academic pressure and so much more

Heart of the Matter
05 Aug 2021 06:05PM
36 mins

Since the death at River Valley High School, mental health has become a key issue in Singapore. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing outlined efforts to enhance mental health literacy and recruit more school counsellors. Do the suggested solutions go far enough? Or are they simply a band-aid, when deeper systemic and mindset shifts are needed? Lin Suling speaks to Minister of State for Education Sun Xueling, Principal Counsellor at Care Corner Bettina Yeap, and Adrian Tan, parent of four.

Heart of the Matter - S2: Is the Workers' Party in crisis? Aftermath of COP report

The Workers' Party is facing its toughest political test yet. Will its reputation take greater damage from the Raeesah Khan saga than from other storms it has weathered? Yet, would it be premature to count out Singapore's main opposition party? Lin Suling speaks to Gillian Koh, Deputy Director of Research at the Institute of Policy Studies and Eugene Tan, Associate Professor of Law at the

17/02/2022 36 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: GST, wealth and other taxes – why now and what impact will it have on businesses and families?

A big announcement is expected on Friday (Feb 18) - on when the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be raised. It is a lightning rod but only one tool in the Government's revenue kit. What is its value, how will people be impacted, and will offsets like GST vouchers sufficiently aid low-income families? Lin Suling puts these burning questions to Simon Poh, Associate Professor at the NUS Business

10/02/2022 27 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: SAP schools and ethnic quotas in HDB estates: Are race relations in Singapore stuck in a time warp?

Do younger Singaporeans have stronger and different views from an older generation about race? Yale-NUS student co-host Adriel Yong and Lin Suling talk to Institute of Policy Studies' Mathew Mathews and podcast host Sabrina Shiraz about SAP schools, the Ethnic Integration Policy, workplace discrimination and what a true multiracial Singapore would look like.

03/02/2022 45 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: Mental health and youth: Is something broken in Singapore society?

The struggles of mental illness among a younger generation has dominated discussions since COVID-19 hit. In this no-holds-barred discussion, guest co-host Jaime Han and CNA's Lin Suling speak to CEO of IMH Dr Daniel Fung and Daryl Soh, President of the Singapore University of Social Sciences' Peer Support Group to unpack stigma, self-harm, social media and the weight of crushing expectations.

27/01/2022 39 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: If Singapore contributes just a fraction of global emissions, what's the point of climate activism here?

Youth-led climate action has mushroomed in Singapore in the last decade and activists are unafraid to make their voices heard. But can they make a real, practical difference in what is their generation's existential crisis? NUS student Ng Chia Wee and CNA's Lin Suling put unpopular opinions to Singapore Youth for Climate Action's Nor Lastrina Hamid and SMU's Winston Chow.

20/01/2022 42 mins