It is the time of the year again where our society bring our members closer to the mental health scene in Singapore. The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Singapore has been Singapore’s central pillar for mental health for the past few decades. IMH strives to provides person-focused service to each of their client that is integrated, comprehensive and cost effective. Their relentless pursuit of excellence to pursue better quality heathcare for their clients is truly inspiring.
In this visit, IMH was gracious enough to provide many speakers that holds deep insights in the mental health scene. After being given an overview of IMH’s operations and its impact on Singapore, the talks became more personal.
One speaker who is affliated with the Human Library gave his person account of his battle with depression. Members of our society gained a deeper understanding on the distress that such a disorder can put a person through. We learnt the importance of showing kindness to people who are going through this ordeal. Acceptance and love is the only path that leads towards a more open and less stigmatized society.
After that, a practicing clinical psychologist taught us more about the nuts and bolts of working with mental health patients. In particular, we learnt more about the intricacies of diagnosis and the need to build a comprehensive case and history of the patient before one seeks to decide on any particular treatment. It was truly and eye opening experience for many of our members.
Last but not least, we were given a tour of IMH and visited their archival museums which is rich in history. It chronicles the evolution of how society treats patients with mental disorders in general. I am glad that we are seeing a trend towards a society that stigmatizes mental illness less and person are suffering from such afflictions are more willing to step out and seek treatment.
All in all, it was a very enriching experience for our members! We look forward to the next visit!