Despite increased awareness around mental health issues, there are few places that provide qualified help, and many still do not know how to ensure that those living with mental health concerns are adequately supported, says Mr Jeremy Heng, Senior Clinical Psychologist at Yishun Family Service @ Children’s Society.

“There are limited places in the community that offer evidence-based and accessible psychological interventions to support those who require it,” he said, adding that as children and youth increasingly seek help, and caregivers become more receptive, they need to know where to turn.

That was why Yishun Family Service chose to make this its focus at a two-day exhibition held at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) on 10 and 11 October 2022 to mark World Mental Health Day. The booth highlighted its mental health services, including therapy, which it provides to both young people and their families.

Themed #BetterTogether, the event was aimed at strengthening awareness about mental well-being, and to encourage people to get help, and know when and how to help others. It was attended by hospital staff as well as members of the public.

The event also included art and music therapy workshops and information booths manned by various organisations.

A chance to learn more: Attendees were given advice on the importance of mental health, and how they could get help for themselves and others

There is a need to continue to raise awareness about mental health, and to ensure the right resources are in place, explains Ms Camelia Teo, a social worker with Yishun Family Service.

“There are many who have been in the healthcare and social system for years, and are on medication, but they make limited progress because of a lack of effective and appropriate psychological and social interventions. Working together, social workers, counsellors, and psychologists can help address both social and psychological issues, and get them better help,” she says.

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