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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Living With Mental Health Conditions

​Persons with mental health conditions are well supported to stay integrated in their community, where they can live, work and age with their loved ones. This is made possible through the wide range of care services and teams that support them at home, and empower them to manage their conditions. Caregivers are also given the help needed to cope with their responsibilities.

Learn more about the programmes and initiatives in the community, such as clinics, centres and nursing homes, that persons with mental health conditions and their caregivers may turn to for help.

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Programmes And Initiatives in the Community

​​Community Intervention Teams (COMIT) are based in the community through Social Service Agencies (SSAs) to provide a holistic service focused on improving quality of life for clients with mental health issues and dementia, and their caregivers.

Clients and their caregivers are equipped with the knowledge to make informed decisions for the management of their condition. COMIT teams support persons with mental health conditions with social reintegration through psychosocial interventions and case management services.

For caregivers, the services provide them with in-depth information about mental illness, and coping skills to provide support for clients. They also learn how to self-care, receive emotional support, and become empowered in their caregiving journey.

Each COMIT team comprises a multi-disciplinary team of counsellors, occupational therapists, psychologists, nurses and programme coordinators.

Services provided include:

  • Perform needs assessments of clients and caregivers 
  • Develop individualised care plans for clients and caregivers in the community, in collaboration with health and social care providers 
  • Counselling and other psychosocial therapy for clients and caregivers 
  • Home visits for assessment and follow up support for clients and caregivers in the community 
  • Post-discharge support for continuity of care in the community 
  • Provide case management, care coordination and service linkages for clients and caregivers to appropriate services based on their needs 
  • ​Training and outreach to improve awareness and understanding of mental disorders for the general public

Click here to find out the list of COMIT near you.

​​​Mental health in primary care aims to bring care closer to home and improve access to mental health services in a less stigmatising environment.

Clients with mild to moderate mental health and chronic health conditions can seek holistic treatment in a primary care setting, such as at General Practitioner (GP) clinics, and Polyclinics.

Services provided include:

  • Consultations, diagnosis and treatment for clients with physical health needs and mild to moderate mental health conditions 
  • Co-management through team-based approach involving medical and allied health services

Click here​ to find out the list of primary care providers that provide mental health services near you.

​ASCATs, also known as Assessment and Shared Care Teams, is a physician-led, multi-disciplinary team, comprising of psychiatrist or mental health doctors and allied health professionals including nurses and therapists, to provide treatment and care to clients from mild to severe mental health conditions.

ASCAT aims to provide assessment, treatment and care for patients from moderate to severe mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders. The clients' health (e.g. chronic conditions and mental health) can be managed holistically within the community instead of in different care settings. The mental health component will include mental health assessment, medication, psychotherapy and any other intervention where appropriate as provided by a multi-disciplinary team.

ASCAT provides the following:

  • Provide clinical care, assessment, diagnosis, stabilization and treatment for clients with mental conditions
  • Build capability of providers including primary care physicians for example, GPs and community agencies to provide quality mental health care through training and professional support
  • Develop community support initiatives and provide clinical leadership in the development of integrated community mental health network

Advance Care Planning​ is the process of planning for one's current and future healthcare. ACP helps individuals to communicate to important people and the healthcare team about their values and how these values shape their healthcare preferences. In the event that the individual is no longer able to make decisions, the ACP guides the decision-makers to act in their best interest.

For caregivers, this future planning enables better care planning for loved ones' conditions, and provides peace of mind knowing the next steps to undertake should your loved ones lose mental capacity.


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