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About mental health

What is mental health and why is it important?

Mental health is essential for a person’s well-being and effective functioning. The World Health Organization defines it as “a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

What are the common mental health conditions people face in Singapore?

The top three mental disorders are major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder.

What is the state of mental health in Singapore?

Here are the latest findings:

One in seven people in Singapore have experienced a mental disorder, in their lifetime and more than three-quarters did not seek any professional help.

Depression is the most common mental disorder, with one in 16 people in Singapore having the condition at some point in their lives.

Youths between 18 to 34 years were presented as the most vulnerable group – one in five would have experienced a mental disorder in their lifetime.

Mental disorders are a common reason people die by suicide.

In Singapore, suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 10-29.
Mental disorders are treatable. But stigma around them has been a factor in people not seeking the help they need.



 

About seeking help

Where can people go for help in Singapore?

This is the Directory on Mental Health Services in Singapore from the National Council of Social Services.

Where can people go for help?

You can go to our resources page for a list of organisations supporting mental health and wellness.

Is there any online training for people to recognise and help others who may be going through a mental health condition?

This one created in the UK is helpful for suicide prevention.

What kind of help can I get from your Forum?

Our Mental Health Forum is a safe space where you can ask any question related to mental health and illness, share an experience you have had or offer suggestions on how to help friends and family living with mental health conditions navigate their way to recovery.

The information shared on the Forum are not meant to substitute professional medical advice. It is solely for educational purposes. If you suspect that you are experiencing a mental health condition, please seek professional help.



 

About this series

Why is Our Better World doing a mental health series?

At Our Better World we tell stories that cover many causes, countries and cultures. Our aim is to raise awareness of the causes featured in our stories to inspire people to take action and get involved.

We create specific series so you can dive deeper into a single cause, topic or issue. It features inspiring personal stories on the same theme, which provides not only different perspectives, but also a myriad of ways to get involved and take action.

Our Mental Health Series is entitled Silent No More - Giving Voice to Mental Illness.

The most compelling reason we are doing this series is because mental health affects all of us – including everyone we love. We can all do something about it. Our Better World focuses on giving you insights, perspectives and resources to do your part to address stigma and promote mental health and well-being.

What is this series about?

Silent No More - Giving Voice to Mental Illness comprises original stories from Our Better World, first-person contributions from the community and resources to support mental health.
The Series touches on people who have experienced depression, schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder, to name a few. Stories featured talk about youth and suicide, trauma and stigma, despair and hope. The series also delves into the role of family and friends and every caregiver that walks alongside every person on their journey towards recovery.

What is the goal of the series?

The goal of the series is to recognise that we can all do something to support the people around us with mental health conditions and provide practical ways to eradicate the stigma that prevents people from either seeking help or helping those who need it. It also recommends human skills on how to be there and care for one another - paying attention, actively listening, getting involved, intentionally discussing and providing help.

Can I contribute to the series? If so, how?

Yes, you can and we welcome you! If you have faced mental health challenges and are interested to share your story and let others know they are not alone, or have someone you love – a friend or a family member – who has a mental health condition and you want to discuss what you’ve learned in caring for them, pitch your idea to us here.

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