The Medical Social Work Department in the Institute of Mental Health comprises a team of Medical Social Workers and Social Work Assistants. They work closely with a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and occupational therapists to provide a comprehensive range of psychosocial services to patients and their caregivers.
Our services help patients and their caregivers alleviate psychosocial problems affecting their recovery, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from the treatment of their illnesses, and to reintegrate into the community as soon as possible.
We work with patients, their caregivers and the community to ensure psychological and social needs are identified at the appropriate time and attended to as soon as possible. We are trained to assist patients and their caregivers to identify relevant resources and services to resolve their problems.
We provide the following services:
- Information and referral services
- Financial / practical assistance and referrals
- Rehabilitation and job placements
- Care planning services
- Social risk assessment for issues, such as domestic violence and child abuse
- Counselling Services
We provide counselling to help patients manage their illnesses and relationships. Marital and family therapy is also available.
- Family Psycho-education Programme
We are trained to educate families on certain illnesses, such as schizophrenia and depression, and to equip caregivers with coping strategies.
- Caregiver Support
We are here to equip and support caregivers in their journey of caring for patients.
- Training and Public Education
We partner our healthcare team to provide educational sessions to our community partners on mental health issues. These sessions can be conducted through seminars, talks or workshops.
If you would like to see us, please approach your attending doctor for a referral to our department.
Operating hours: Mon–Fri: 8 am to 5 pm