Most people know that it is important to keep their physical body healthy, but few remember to do the same for their mind and emotions. Mental health refers to emotional and psychological well-being. Good mental health helps you to be resilient, confident and happy.
Due to the common misconceptions about mental health conditions by the general public, many with mental health issues tend to experience discrimination, which often results in them not seeking help early. Thus, it is essential to understand the myths and facts about mental illness.
Myth: There is no hope for people with a mental health condition
Myth: 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:
Myth: People with a mental health condition are violent and unpredictable.
Myth: I will not have any mental health condition.
If you have 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. 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.
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.
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.
1. Using your own
Medisave to pay for approved dependents (Citizens and PR children, spouse, parents, grandparents and siblings) medical cost for the schemes in the table
2. Some insurers provide critical illness plans that protect both physical and mental health. The policies may cover conditions such as bipolar condition, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more.
Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)
4. Making a
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
5. mindline.sg, a resource hub jointly developed by MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT), MSF Singapore, NCSS Singapore and Institute of Mental Health Singapore
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