Banding Together to Fight Burnout as a Community

Banding Together to Fight Burnout as a Community

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Photos courtesy of Odyssey Dance Theatre

I enjoyed discussion with my friends based on topics from the PRISM model.


Enjoyed the personal sharing as well as the articles on what burnout looked like in the general population across the globe. Thankful also for the PRISM model handout that provides handles on something we can start working on.


Comprehensive presentation that allows me to understand effects of burnout and how to address it.

Pei Ling

The models sum up burn out and self-care in a very simple manner; a lot of times we do know something is wrong but we don't do anything to help ourselves. They are good reminders for especially for social service professionals.


There was good insight on what burnout is and how it affects the different aspects of our lives, and that burn out is not only limited to working population.


The slides used were really aesthetically pleasing and engaged the audience. The tips for self care provided were really actionable and simple too 🙂


Stimulating and insightful.

Healthcare Professional / Tan Tock Seng Hospital

James was an engaging speaker who shared openly about his own struggles in the past. He also gave practical yet detailed strategies in managing burnout.

Healthcare Professional / Tan Tock Seng Hospital

It was a good chance to shine a light on an issue that most of us face. More importantly, there were constructive ideas on how to deal with this.

Healthcare Professional / Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Cafe Wowee

(It provided a good) opportunity for like-minded people to share and learn about their struggling experiences.

Andrew Ong

Cafe Wowee

(It helped us to) increase self-awareness to better manage ourselves and the environment we are in.


Cafe Wowee

Good presentation done and thorough explanation and exploration of topic.

Kelsen Koh

The speaker presented his programme in a clear yet humourous manner.


The breakout sessions were excellent. Participants chatted freely as the dialogues provided them with a chance to get in touch with their inner selves.


I now understand more about burnout and how we need to have more conversations about it, so that all of us can be healthy physically and mentally.

Xue Ting

Very informative materials from the speaker. The materials and his sharing of his experience with burnout help us better relate to and understand the content.


Organisational mental well-being is so important and today's session is a great step in breaking the stigma of mental illness.


Practical, engaging and absolutely necessary for survival in today's environment.

Alvin Tan

Very eye-opening session.

Mahendra Soni

Definitely not to be missed if you know someone burning out or if you feel like you are burning out. Invite a friend along!

Cheryl Yeo

It has been a fun night of learning and reflecting. Did not regret signing up for the event!

Tan Wenkai

Its absolutely well designed and it addresses the very important aspects (of burnout). Real life sharing. Very practical and essential for the world we live in now.

Evelyn Sim

“Burnout keeps us from thriving as a person. To prevent and address it, we need to call it out, deal with it and stop it from consuming us,” says James, Lead Thrive-Synergist and Founder of Emmaus Strategies, as he spent an evening with members from the community and shared about burnout.

Emmaus Strategies is honoured to be able to bring our Mental Well-Being workshop, Cafe Wowee, to the community on 28 May 2019. This time, we collaborated with Odyssey Dance Theatre and hosted Cafe Wowee under the Summer DanceFit Festival 2019.

Interacting with the team at Odyssey Dance Theatre (ODT), we understand that the festival aims to bring the community together as we explore and celebrate the inter-connectedness the link between art and our well-being in our bodies, hearts and minds. And it was indeed just that as we shared meaningful conversations with participants from the social services, social enterprises, education as well the wellness sectors.

This marks yet another milestone in our journey of facilitating conversations about burnout in our battle against burnout and the stigma associated with it. We believe that it is when dialogues happen about burnout that people will understand what burnout it, not shun it and be able to start accessing help to overcome it.

Our sincere thanks to Odyssey Dance Theatre for hosting the Cafe, to all who participated, our FuelGooder volunteer Laetitia for helping to make the cafe possible as well as the photos from Calvin (ODT) and Laetitia (FuelGooder Volunteer).

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Banding Together to Fight Burnout as a Community

by James Lim
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