"Don't go too close, you won't know what this type of people can do." a phrase I heard when I heard an elderly lady warned her grandchild as a man who was talking to himself constantly and made sudden actions walked past us.
Singaporean have a stigma of relating psychological disorder with news paper articles of people of unsound mind hurting someone but gets away without any form of punishment, such devoted belief are passed down from one generation to another especially to those who do not do any research about it. Court acquits man for attacking father and orders hospital confinement, Courts & Crime News. Facing Depression. 6 common mental disorders affecting Singaporeans today and where you can go to get help, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore.
How to tell if someone has depression. SINGAPORE: The suicide death of SHINee lead singer Kim Jonghyun on Monday (Dec 18) has cast the spotlight on the pressure K-pop artistes face. But it has also brought depression, clinically known as major depressive disorder, to the fore. In Singapore, depression is one of the top three mental health disorders, indicated the Singapore Mental Health Study conducted in 2010 by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). The findings from the next survey, which started in 2015, are likely to be released in August 2018, according to IMH. The 2010 survey showed that depression affected over 57,000 adult men and about 102,000 adult women during their lifetime. This equated to 5.8 per cent of the adult population in Singapore that has suffered from depression at some time in their lives.
11-year-old boy’s suicide due to exam and parental stress: State Coroner. SINGAPORE: For the first time in his life, the 11-year-old boy had failed his exams. Rather than face the disappointment of his parents, he jumped 17 floors from his bedroom window. On Friday (Oct 21), State Coroner Marvin Bay concluded that the boy’s death was not from an accidental fall but an act of suicide, adding that he seemed to have buckled under his parents’ pressure. The court heard that on the morning of May 18 this year, the day he was to show his parents his mid-year examination results, the Primary 5 student locked himself in his bedroom. Alcohol abuse worse among younger people, Singapore News. SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - The young man woke up in his bed one morning to find himself surrounded by chocolates.
He had blacked out after a night of heavy drinking and had no recollection of how he had got home with his bounty. The young man, who does not even like chocolates, suspected that he might have stolen them and was lucky not to have been caught. Little India Riot: Violence sparked by accident, alcohol ‘major factor’, says COI. SINGAPORE -The riot in Little India last December was sparked by a fatal accident but alcohol was “a major contributory factor” that led to the escalation of the violence, the Committee of Inquiry (COI) tasked to establish the root of the incident has concluded in its report.
The 75-page document, released by the Home Affairs Ministry on Monday, also found that the riot was not caused by any deep-seated unhappiness among foreign workers here, but rather the result of an “emotional outburst” following the death of construction worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu. The 33-year-old from India, had been run over by a private bus on the night of Dec 8 after he tripped while running after the vehicle. Alcohol consumption in public areas of Little India remains banned on weekends, Singapore News.
Alcohol consumption in public areas of Little India will continue to be banned on weekends, public holidays and the eve of public holidays, said the police on Wednesday.
But the 134 liquor and convenience stores in the zone will now be allowed to sell alcohol between 6am to 8pm on the affected days. Another 240 establishments with public house or beer house licences - such as restaurants, hotels, pubs and coffee shops - will be allowed to sell alcohol at all times. But customers are only permitted to drink within the premises, and any consumption outside is a breach of the ban.
The consumption ban will start from 6am on Saturdays and end at 6am the following Monday, while on public holidays and the eve of public holidays, it starts at 6am on the eve, and will end only at 6am the day after the public holiday. The police said any licensees found to allow take-away of alcohol or serve alcohol outside their premises will risk losing their liquor licence. No different from drugs: Stopping problem drinking before it begins. Sinda concerned over family violence in Indian community, Singapore News - AsiaOne.
Family violence, already pervasive in the Indian community here, seems to be on the rise, and self-help group Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) is worried.
About one in five reported abuse cases and personal protection order applications are made against Indians, said organisations approached. This outweighs their 9.1 per cent representation in the Singapore population. Worse, this is likely to be the tip of the iceberg, since many cases go unreported due to stigma. Dysfunctional families, low education levels and alcohol abuse are some reasons behind the rising figures, said Sinda, which is going all out to get Indian families to talk aboutviolence in the community, rather than letting problems fester behind closed doors.
'I thought I was going crazy': OCD, an often misunderstood mental health condition. SINGAPORE: Ms Alina has a mobile phone, but she does not turn it on. She fears that her private information is being shared. Her first job lasted only months. Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety and fear are common emotions.
But, while fear is a normal response to a perceived threat, anxiety is an unwarranted or inappropriate fear or response to a vague or ill-defined threat. Anxiety can be a normal or an appropriate emotion when dealing with day-to-day stresses or problems. However, when these emotions are persistent, excessive and irrational, they may affect (a) the way a person leads his life, (b) the person’s ability to work and (c) the person’s ability to cope with the demands of life or relationships. When this happens, the anxiety becomes an abnormal condition or disorder. There are different types of anxiety disorders characterised by anxiety or fear as the predominant emotion.
Battling the ‘hidden’ highs and lows of bipolar disorder, Latest Singapore News. Ms Ruth Komathi was only 15 when she felt something was wrong with her.
She had a tightness around her head that never seemed to disappear, her mind was constantly buzzing with disorganised thoughts, and she felt bouts of despair. In school, her essays became incoherent word salads. After rounds of medication and therapy , her doctor finally gave her condition a name when she was about 18 years old: bipolar disorder. ‘Crazy, weird, scary’: Survey unveils negative labels youths associate with mental illness. SINGAPORE — Researchers have called for regular and compulsory education on mental health for youths, in the wake of a study that found a large proportion of this group having misconceptions of mental illness. Almost half (44.5 per cent) of 940 teenage students polled attached negative and pejorative labels to people with mental illness.
“Crazy”, “weird”, “scary”, “stupid” and “dangerous” were among the words that came to mind then the respondents heard the term “mental illness”, reported the study, which was presented at the Frontiers in Mental Health symposium organised by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and Nanyang Technological University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine on Tuesday (March 6).
Facing depression: Working adults battle not just demons, but also stigma. SINGAPORE: Outwardly, his wife and two young sons are his sources of joy. He seems a regular family man when he's with them. What is less apparent is that Mr Mak Kean Loong struggles to feel emotions like happiness. “In the past few years, I think I’ve never even felt that emotion,” said the bespectacled 38-year-old, who speaks with the numbed air of a tired man. At first, they all thought he was “just becoming extra introverted”. It was, in fact, his descent into depression. Many still steer clear of people with mental illness: Poll, Singapore News. Even as more people are seeking outpatient treatment at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), more than five in 10 respondents in a recent survey indicated they are unwilling to live with, live nearby or work with a person with a mental health condition.
Parliament: New measures to boost mental health in the community, Politics News. SINGAPORE - Frontline staff from government agencies, including the police, will be trained to spot and respond to mental health cases in the community.
Social service and community agencies will also receive basic training to identify and respond to people with mental health issues, and refer them to the Agency for Integrated Care for help. These are among the objectives to boost community mental health care that wereannounced in Parliament on Thursday (March 9) by Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor.
News Highlights. More kids in Singapore seeking help for mental health issues. SINGAPORE: Depression, relationship issues, bullying, family problems – kids as young as five years old are seeking help for these problems. Govt to step up efforts to tackle rising levels of depression among S'poreans. Understanding Your Mental Health. Contact Us. Health Promotion Board launches New Mental Health initiatives to help Youth Bounce Back Stronger from Life's Challenges. Who's CHAT. TODAY Online - Peer support programme initiated for mental health patients. 5-year Community Mental Health master plan to be launched. SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) will strengthen community mental health services with the launch of a new five-year Community Mental Health master plan this year.
Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor outlined the details of the plan in her ministry's Committee of Supply debate on Thursday (Mar 9). Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat had initially announced an additional S$160 million in spending on community mental health efforts in his Budget 2017 speech. First, front-line staff from selected Government agencies like the Housing and Development Board, National Environment Agency and Singapore Police Force will be trained to identify and respond to people with mental health issues in the community.
This is to improve the early identification of mental health symptoms, said Dr Khor. The Agency for Integrated Care will also be resourced to act as a “first responder” to mental health needs identified in the community, and coordinate care across the health and social sectors.