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Mental Health
Space in Singapore

Key insights to guide your giving

Access to Treatment

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0 %

of migrant workers in Singapore facing injury claims and salary disputes have a serious mental illness.1


0 in 5
of migrant workers reported that they have never sought care due to cost.2


0 in 10
mothers in Singapore demonstrate depressive or anxiety related symptoms during pregnancy.3

Persons living with Dementia

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In 2015,

1 out of 10 seniors in Singapore have dementia.1

0 %
of seniors with dementia reported reported that they need frequent care compared to 2% of seniors who do not have dementia.2
0 in 4

persons with dementia feel rejection and loneliness, and more than 1 in 2 feel that others act as if they are less competent due to their condition.3

Employment of persons with mental health conditions

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0 in 10
persons with mental health conditions agree that the negative attitudes of co-workers are major barriers to employment.1

Employers reported higher perceived costs than actual costs

for implementing workplace adjustments that will support the hiring of those in recovery.1

Help-seeking behaviour for mental health conditions

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More than
0 in 4

people with a mental disorder in their lifetime did not seek any professional help.1

Treatment delay was longest for those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder at
0 years
followed by bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse at 4 years.2

Caregiver Support

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0 %
of caregivers to persons living with dementia frequently experience feelings of burden.1

Stigma and Discrimination

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More than
0 in 10
people in Singapore are unwilling to live with, live nearby or work with a person with a mental health condition.1
0 in 2
believe a person with a mental health condition should not be given any responsibility.1
0 in 10
acknowledge that persons with mental health conditions experience stigma and discrimination in their daily lives 1

Youth with and at risk of mental health conditions

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Among youths aged 18-34, 22% were estimated to have some form of mental disorder in their lifetime.1
Among youths aged 15-18 years old, 45% had a negative view of mental illnesses.2

Workplace Mental Wellness

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Singapore is reported to be the 2nd most overworked city in the world.1
92% of employed residents in Singapore are reportedly stressed,2 higher than the global average of 84%.3

Credit Mentions List

Justin Paul

Mental Health Programme Manager, HealthServe

Fred Cordeiro

Executive Director, Clarity Singapore

Jeremy Khoo

Head of Public Relations, Communications & Volunteer Management, Alzheimer’s Disease Association

Tim Lee

Executive Director, Caregiver Alliance Limited

Kevin See

Manager, Community Partnerships, Montfort Care

Tay Su Yin

Assistant Manager, Corporate Development & Community Engagement, Apex Harmony Lodge

Dr Tan Weng Mooi

Chief, Caregiving and Community Mental Health Division, Agency for Integrated Care

Joycelyn Neo

Project Director, Job Club, Institute of Mental Health

Dr Ong Lue ping

Head, Department of Psychology, Institute of Mental Health

Porsche Poh

Executive Director, Silver Ribbon (Singapore)

Charis Chua

Senior Manager, Social Inclusion, Service Planning and Funding, National Council of Social Service

Goh Shuet-Li

Executive Director, Resilience Collective

Jonathan Kuek

Volunteer, IMH Matchsticks, Institute of Mental Health

Anthea Ong

Founder, WorkWell Leaders Workgroup; Hush TeaBar; A Good Space

Shawn Soh

Senior Counsellor, Touch Youth Intervention

Andrea Chan

Head, Touch Youth Intervention

Cho Mingxiu

Founder, CampusPSY

Colyn Chua

Programme Manager, MINDSET Care Limited

Samuel Tan

Programme Specialist, MINDSET Care Limited

Pavan Sethi

Managing Director, Accenture


The information provided on this page is as of 26 November 2020.