In 2022, Singapore recorded 476 suicides, according to a statement by SOS on their website. Of concern is the significant rise in suicide cases among both young and elderly people. For the fourth consecutive year, suicide remained the primary cause of death for individuals aged 10 to 29, accounting for almost 39% of the fatalities within this age group.
More people are more willing to seek help. This blog aims to give you an understanding and an overview of the therapy options available in Singapore, tailored according to your individual needs.
Option 1: Polyclinic or GP (Local clinics) Route
If you are looking for subsidised mental health help in Singapore, scheduling an appointment with a General Practitioner (GP) might be your best option. During your appointment, the GP will assess your symptoms and refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist at a general hospital if needed. Some local clinics offer prescriptions for anxiety and depression medication, but others do not. However, keep in mind that most polyclinics have a high volume of patients, which can result in a waiting time of at least two months before you can see a doctor. If your GP refers you to a specialist, you may also have to wait a month or two to see a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Option 2: Family Service Centres (FSCs) Route
FSCs, an initiative by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), are community-based social services that provide support for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families facing social and emotional issues. Similar to general hospitals, they have a high volume of intakes and ongoing cases, meaning you may not be able to get an appointment immediately. If you express any suicidal thoughts or feelings, they may refer you to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for immediate intervention to ensure your safety. Some people have reported that their therapy sessions with FSCs felt clinical and that their therapists seemed to rush to end sessions in in order to see their next patient.
Option 3: Private Clinic Route
Getting mental health help quickly is crucial, especially when you struggle with suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, there are places where you can book a session on the same day and therapists, like myself, are available to speak with you almost immediately. Although government subsidies are not available, we can provide you with an invoice or receipt, which you can use to claim from your corporate insurance (be sure to check your benefits with HR). I believe in making mental health support affordable and accessible to everyone, so I offer a sliding scale for my therapy fees.
Your Mental Health Journey Starts Here
At Staying Sane 101, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of mental health. Your well-being is our priority, and we are here to provide the support you need. Reach out to us today, and let's embark on this journey together. Your mental well-being is worth it.