|Mental health refers to a person’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. Like physical health, mental health is important, as it has an impact on how a person thinks, feels and acts. Research has shown that More than 10 percent of the population will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. Individuals with mental health issues may be our family members, neighbours or coworkers. When left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to difficulty at work, relationship conflicts, substance abuse, and increased risk of suicide. However, early detection and treatment can prevent the deterioration of the mental health condition.
This interactive session aims to help participants learn to recognize the symptoms of common mental health problems. Participants will also learn basic skills to provide appropriate support to someone with a mental health issue.
The following topics will be discussed:
• What is mental health?
• Mental health issues in Singapore
• Recognizing signs and symptoms of common mental health issues
– mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
– anxiety disorders (general anxiety disorder,
– psychosis (schizophrenia)
• Risk factors and causes of mental health problems
• How can we support or help someone with a mental health condition?
• When and how can we seek professional help?