Due to the common misconceptions about mental illness by the general public, many with mental illness tend to be discriminated and disrespected, which often resulted in them not seeking help early. Thus, it is essential to understand the myths and facts about mental illness.
|There is no hope for people with a mental health condition.||There are more treatments and community support than ever before. You may refer to Care Services and E-Care Locator to find out more about the available services and programmes.|
|I can't do anything for someone with a mental health condition.||
You can do a lot, starting with the way you act and how you speak. For example:
- Avoid labelling people with words like "crazy," "loony", or by their diagnosis.
- Learn the facts about mental health and share them with others, especially if you hear something that is untrue.
- Treat people with any mental health condition with respect and dignity. Respect and don't discriminate against them when it comes to housing, employment or education.
|People with a mental health condition are violent and unpredictable.||In reality, the vast majority of people who have a mental health condition are no more violent than anyone else. You probably know someone with a mental health condition and don't even realize it.|
|I will not have any mental health condition.||Mental health conditions are surprisingly common; According to the Singapore Mental Health Study in 2010, more than one out of 10 people in Singapore will develop a mental health condition over their lifetime.|
|Once people develop a mental health condition, they will never recover.||Studies showed that most people with a mental health condition get better, and many recover completely. Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. For some individuals, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life. For others, recovery suggests the reduction or complete decrease of symptoms.|
|People with any mental health condition should be kept in the hospital.||With appropriate treatment and support, people with a mental health condition can live successfully in the community. In fact, the majority live independently in the community.|
Managing Your Mind
Many people with mental health conditions often suffer in silence and do not seek help until it is too late. But studies have shown that you can recover better if you get treated early.
If you have a mental health condition:
- Don't isolate yourself socially. Share your condition with someone you trust. You may wish to share with them your feelings of fear or uncertainty, or simply help them to understand how they can support you in your rehabilitation.
- Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about your condition. You can join a support group to share your experiences with others who have the same condition as you. It can release you from the burden of keeping a secret and provide the opportunity to learn from one another.
- Most importantly, follow up on your treatment to improve and manage your condition.
If your loved one has a mental health condition:
- Remember that mental health conditions can be treated, and you play a very important role in helping your loved one to progress and recover.
- Offer support and empathy for the person with a mental health condition. Understand and learn to accept that a person can display unusual thoughts or behaviour as a result of the condition. Listen to the person and try to understand what he or she wants or is trying to express. Avoid making hurtful comments when you are frustrated.
- Mental health conditions are no different from any other conditions. It is not your fault that your loved one has the condition and you can help by accepting and learning more about the condition.
- If your loved one has not yet started treatment, encourage him/her to seek help from professionals, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellor or doctor, as early as possible. Be a pillar of support and be involved in the rehabilitation progress.
If you have recovered and plan to re-join the workforce:
- You may want to get in touch with agencies that provide job placement for persons with mental health condition, to find out more about the job opportunities and prepare yourself for work.
- If you are worried that you may not be able to cope with a full-time job, choose part-time work first. Let yourself get used to working life before you switch to a full-time job.
- Continue to take part in social gatherings and leisure activities even when you're looking for jobs or have started work. Social interaction gives us a chance to enhance our social skills and become more comfortable meeting new people.
Subsidies And Legal Information
1. Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP)
Schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and dementia are in the list of conditions covered by the Medisave for Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP).
You can use Medisave for CDMP to help pay part of the outpatient cost. For each bill, you will need to pay only the first $30 of the bill (as the deductible) as well as 15% of the balance of the bill. Medisave can be used to pay for the remaining amount. This is regardless of whether the bill is for a one-off visit or a package.
You can learn more about CDMP at the
Ministry of Health website.
Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)
3. Making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)