Mr Daryl Tan is a Peer Support Specialist with Club HEAL. He has lived experience with bipolar for the past 16 years.
Moving from the Occupational Therapy Activities, Vocation and Empowerment (OCTAVE) programme in IMH, he continued his rehabilitation in Club HEAL, a community-based centre. At Club HEAL, he has built strong relationships, learnt more about himself, let go of his emotional baggage and set sail again.
Daryl has been both a service user and service provider. As a user, he benefited through counselling, rehabilitation and volunteering. Now, he is a peer support specialist for “Our HEALing Voice”, which aims to equip peers to share their stories to inspire others and gain experience in peer mentoring.
With his experience, he is able to contribute to service improvement and better service delivery. What he looks forward to accomplish in his recovery journey is to better engage in recovery language, to empower others and also to work on his self-care plan.
What does it mean to empower service users?
Sumaiyah and Daryl share their experiences of their recovery journey, and how they were empowered to live with dignity. Now, they seek to make a difference to the lives of others in recovery. This sharing allows participants to better appreciate how the larger ecosystem can benefit from empowering service users.