The Sound of SCH: A Mental Breakdown, A Life Journey
By Danielle Lim
A true account of mental illness, from the perspective of a girl watching her uncle's struggle with schizophrenia.
WINNER OF THE SINGAPORE LITERATURE PRIZE (NON-FICTION 2016)
Can a life weave along through the same notes and yet come to play forth different sounds?
The Sound of SCH (pronounced S-C-H) is the true story of a journey with mental illness, beautifully told by Danielle Lim from a time when she grew up witnessing her uncle's untold struggle with a crippling mental and social disease, and her mother's difficult role as caregiver. The story takes place between 1961 and 1994, backdropped by a fast-globalising Singapore where stigmatisation of persons afflicted with mental illness nevertheless remains deep-seated. Unflinchingly raw and honest in its portrayal of living with schizophrenia, The Sound of SCH is a moving account of human resiliency and sacrifice in the face of brokenness.
Read if you: want to understand better the hidden struggles faced by people with mental illness, and their caregivers.