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The majority of children and adolescents do not suffer from mental illness. However, when a student has been identified, the school counselor, with consultation from the school’s case management team, will look into managing the care of the student. When necessary, guidance specialists and educational psychologists from the Ministry of Education will render additional support.

In 2010, the Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), in collaboration with National Council of Social Service (NCSS), have also been invited to join this network to provide community and clinical support to at-risk children.
Students/children with severe emotional and behavioural problems may need more help. The REACH team collaborates with school counsellors/VWOs to provide suitable school-based interventions to help these students. Such school/VWO based interventions often provide the requisite, timely help that these students/children need.
Further specialised assessment or treatment may be necessary for more severe cases. The student/child may be referred to the Child Guidance Clinic after assessment by the REACH team for further psychiatric evaluation and intervention. These interventions may include medications, psychotherapy, group or family work and further assessments*.

* Standard clinic charges apply.

What we do

REACH (Response, Early intervention and Assessment in Community mental Health) is a mental healthcare service, set up to work closely with schools, voluntary welfare organizations (VWOs), and general practitioners (GPs), to help students with emotional, social and/or behavioural issues within the community.

The REACH team provides help for students with emotional, social, and behavioural issues and disorders. As mental health professionals, we support helping professionals such as school counsellors, general practitioners and voluntary welfare organizations’ social workers to broaden the scope of the care given to students within the community. We have been taking on the role of consultants and external advocates of mental health since 2007 and are still expanding our services across the country.

Who we are

Our multi-disciplinary team comprises of medical doctors, clinical psychologists, medical social workers, occupational therapists and nurses. We work closely with school counsellors, general practitioners and voluntary welfare organizations’ helping professionals, who act as spokespersons for the needs of children and adolescents as well as liaison persons between REACH and parents.

School counsellors and VWOs are to contact students’/children’s parents to obtain their consent before the REACH assessment. The assessments are typically conducted in the schools/VWO centres. This offers greater convenience for both schools, VWOs and parents.

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