Volunteers give our patients an opportunity to build friendships and develop relationships with more people, other than their therapists. They​ help our patients to feel that they are not forgotten and forsaken by society and play a vital role in normalising their lives.

Our volunteers have done workshops, celebrated the patients birthdays, festivals as well as  taken our patients to many places of interest and have spent many joyful and memorable moments with them. Our patients look forward to their visits. 

Would you like to bring hope and sunshine to our patients? Perhaps you, too, will find volunteering an enriching and rewarding experience!

You can make a big difference in the lives of our patients!

​If you would like to find out more about IMH's volunteer programme, drop us an email at volunteers@imh.com.sg with your name, age and contact details.  

​Anyone above the age of 16 years with a desire to help as an individual or a group can volunteer at IMH. You will be given an orientation to prepare you for your volunteer activity.

  • ​​Conduct social and recreational activities, such as indoor and outdoor games, singing, dancing, karaoke, drama, gardening, and outings to places of interest
  • Help in rehabilitative activities, such as art and craft, grooming, basic social skills, painting, teaching patients the use of public amenities and taking public transport.
  • Plan, organise or participate in ad-hoc patient activities 
  • Spend time with patients. For example, you can keep them company by talking to them, taking them for a walk, or just providing a listening ear

Myth 1: Fact:
There's no hope for people with mental illness.With treatment, people with mental illness can lead active, productive lives.
Myth 2:Fact:
People with mental illness are violent and unpredictable.The vast majority of people with mental health conditions are no more violent than anyone else.
Myth 3:Fact:
Mental illness doesn't affect me.Mental illness is surprisingly common; they can affect anyone.
Myth 4:Fact:
People with mental illness, even those who have recovered, tend to be second-rate workers.Employers who have hired people with mental illness report good attendance, as well as motivation and good work.
Myth 5:Fact:
Mental illness is brought on by a weakness of character.Mental illness is a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors.

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"When we invite other volunteers to work with us, they can see that our friend​​s are actually very lively, outgoing and very lovable. They'll hug you when they see you and tell you all about their day. They treat everyone e​qually and are content with whatever you bring them. Nothing fancy, no need for deep pockets, just a pure heart to offer."

- Yong Kwon Seng​​
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"When I first started volunteering with the IMH choir group back in 2018, many patients were curious about the harp. It's something very different from what they're used to. Any new instrument that I bring in bridges the communication gap between me and the patients, and we carry on conversations from there."​

- Joanne Gan
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"It's heartwarming to see how much the patients enjoy such activities together. Despite being physically fatigued at the end of the activities, the patients' laughter and delightful expressions warms my heart!"

- Emily Tan
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