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From a young age, Lino’s dad always took a tough stance towards him, telling him things like "man up" and "big boys don't cry". As an adolescent child, Lino struggled to share his feelings and became emotionally detached.
Using humour to mask his feelings, he realised that he could make people laugh and was the life of the party. Despite his popularity, he did not want to burden his friends with his problems. To feel pain and emotions, he started hurting himself.
Years after he entered the workforce, he was cheated of a lot of money in a scam case and had suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, his two boys and wife gave him the motivation to live on.
In addition to his family, his support system also comes in the form of his colleagues and friends at Club HEAL and Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Lino believes that his experience has built resilience in him, helping him to face challenges every day and giving him a purpose to heal others even as he heals himself.