Over the past eight years, I have been a keen participant-observer of changes in our mental health scene — as an advocate and mental health professional for young people. Here, I’m going to share some of the narratives that I’ve observed and my hopes for the future.
DEFINING NEW NORMALS IN RECOVERY
Recovery is not an exception, but the expectation of all stakeholders, from patients to families, physicians, and the general community.
Traditionally, mental health professionals are anchored in what psychiatrist Robert D. Laing called the “medical model”: taking specialist positions, concentrating on the issue, questioning, trying to comprehend before diagnosing and administering medical treatments.
They provide a vivid reminder of the possibility of recovery by harnessing credibility gained from their own experiences recovering from mental illness. Also, they cheer colleagues on their trip towards wellness by using their gifts of adversity.
These injured healers ‘ testimonies provide hope and inspire mutual assistance in the path of healing. Knowing one sometimes requires one. While the peer support movement is still in its infancy, PMHI’s activism, involvement, and involvement shows its increasing empowerment.
ADVOCACY FROM THE GROUND UP
Stigma is a well-known obstacle to help, recovery and integration. While attempts to challenge community stigma were largely led by social service organizations, ground-up attempts to raise consciousness are growing.
By creating a Student Support Services office in NUS in 2018 to support the well-being of learners, our combined efforts and advocacy inspired more administrative promote.
FULFILLING POTENTIAL IN STRONGER COMMUNITY APPROACH
A frequently quoted statistics in Singapore is that despite one out of seven people in Singapore experiencing a mental health concern at one stage in their lives, three out of four are not seeking assistance. In such a therapy gap, however, there are special possibilities to mobilize the community by shifting tasks, to increase early detection and social support.