Singapore Develops New Mental Health Strategy

Singapore Develops New Mental Health Strategy

31st Oct 2016

The Institute of Mental Health in Singapore has started working on a nationwide survey to gauge the mental health of those living in the island city state.


It is hoped that the study will be able to speak to 6000 of the 16,000 people over 18 who have been randomly selected to take part in the survey - with each participant receiving $60 for their participation (which it is estimated will take around two hours).


The findings of the survey will, according to the IMH’s Professor Chong Siow Ann, be used to guide future national health policies in the country, as well as show how the mental health landscape in Singapore has changed since the original survey was undertaken in 2010.


Unlike the original survey however the 2016/17 report will ask questions about two categories of mental health. The original category will still cover mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, whilst a new second category will gather more information about psychiatric issues like schizophrenia and hoarding


Funding for the survey (which is expected to cost around $5 million) is being provided by the Ministry of Health and the Millennium Foundation - a registered charity who perform research into areas of health in the country.


The survey is expected to be completed by December 2017, with the results expected to be released in early 2018.


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