23 September 2020

The Sound of Happiness: Youth Stories

As part of The Sound of Happiness variety talkshow podcast series, we bring to you young people from different walks of lives who have faced a variety of challenges. Listen to find out about the fight of a mental health youth activist, the life of a child of migrant workers whose entire life has only been in Thailand but remains stateless, a girl…, Let’s find out who these youth are, Ammarin Boonsaard (Ame), 21 Ammarin Boonsaard (Ame), 21, Ammarin Boonsaard (Ame), 21, is an active member of the Thai Youth Committee. He feels that there is still a lack of representation of the LGBTIQ community, so he volunteers to speak on behalf of his peers.   For as long as he can remember, he always knew that he was different. While he is fortunate to have grown up in a family whose parents…, Kamollug Tongdang (Palm), 20 Kamollug Tongdang (Palm), 20, “I was born 100 per cent blind and have lived my life as a person with blindness all my life,” Kamollug Tongdang (Palm), 20, began her story. “I don’t feel out of place when I’m with people with the same or similar disability. The problem arises when I’m with people who don’t have visual impairments, especially in my own family.”   Due to a lack…, Oo, 19 Oo, 19, “My full name on papers is Ms. Oo – that’s it. No last name,” said Oo, 19. Oo was born in Thailand and has called Thailand home all her life. But because her parents are migrant workers, she has not been recognized as a citizen by any country and is therefore stateless. “Even though my parents came to Thailand legally with proper documents, I’m…, Prachaya Sirimahaariyapoya (Ya), 15 Prachaya Sirimahaariyapoya (Ya), 15, Young Prachaya Sirimahaariyapoya (Ya), 15, opened up about her interest in the issues of mental health: “I was in third grade and saw a friend being so stressed that he slit his wrists as a way to reduce his mental pain.” That was when she realized that her friend was having mental health problems and decided to accompany him to a psychiatrist.…