Life after 35 years in a mental institution

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Life after 35 years in a mental institution

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Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teen, Sim Kah Lim was admitted to Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health at 15. An avid artist since the age of 4, his illness dashed his dreams of exhibiting his work to the world.

Now 35 years later, he’s sold more than 40 paintings, held 3 solo exhibitions, and with his sister’s support, is finally discharged and out in the world.

Read his story here

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