The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has affected us in many ways. We can no longer travel overseas and have to adjust our lifestyles as we stay indoors to combat the virus. According to news reports, there have been an increase in calls to mental health hotlines during this pandemic period. Many worry about pay cuts or retrenchments, while others are stressed about staying at home 24/7.
Whether you have new-found depression or anxiety, or are coping with pre-existing mental health problems, don’t be afraid to reach out. Published in 2018, The Singapore Mental Health Study reported that one in seven people in Singapore have experienced an anxiety, mood or alcohol use disorder in their lifetime. The most common condition was Major Depressive Disorder which affected one in sixteen people.
The study also found that the majority of people who suffered from a mental disorder did not seek any professional help. Past research shows that it may be due to stigma associated with mental illness. It is also likely that sufferers were not able to identify the symptoms.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, it is important to seek help. Here are some places you can turn to for help and support in Singapore.
Note: Due to circuit breaker measures, face-to-face consultations would only be allowed for patients with unstable mental health conditions (who are at risk of harming themselves or others), unless otherwise stated.