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Support for Individuals and Caregivers

Support for Individuals and Caregivers

As an individual living with a mental illness, social inclusion plays a central role in recovery. However, the lack of understanding about mental illness, compounded by the negative portrayals of the mentally ill in the media, often adds to the marginalisation of this misunderstood group. Without acceptance from the community, people with mental illness often face discrimination, lack social support, and find themselves isolated. It is therefore important to build the emotional resilience and find pillars of support at home, at work and in the community.

As a caregiver, one may experience various issues and problems in caring for his loved one who has mental illness. There is a host of websites and sources that provide a wealth of information to help caregivers care for themselves and their loved ones.

Read about Madam Wee's plight when she cared for her 80-year-old husband who had anxiety disorder and depression. Pick up tips on self-care as you continue the arduous caregiving journey. Find out more here.

The following helplines manned by key partner organisations will help both individuals and caregivers find further assistance in the community. More information can be found onhttp://careinmind.aic.sg/.

Helplines

 

Helpline                                 

Helpline number          

Operating Hours 

Services                                       

All Addictions Helpline 

6732 6837 

Mon – Fri:
8.30am - 6pm
 

Provides advice, information,
and emotional support to
callers related to addictions.
 

Association of Women
for Action and
Research (AWARE)
 

1800 774 5935 

Mon – Fri:
3pm - 9.30pm
 

Provides empathy, support,
information and encouragement
to women in need of assistance.
 

AWWA Centre
for Caregivers
 

1800 299 2992 

Mon - Fri:
8.30am - 5.30pm
 

Provides information, training
and support for caregivers.
 

Care Corner
Counselling Hotline
 

1800 353 5800 

Mon - Sun
(except
Public Holidays):
10am – 10pm
 

Provides mandarin counselling
service by professional counselors.
 

Caregiver Association
Of Mentally Ill (CAMI)
 

6782 9371 

Mon – Fri:
8.30am - 5.30pm
 

Provides support for caregivers
taking care of loved ones with
mental illness.
 

Community Psychogeriatric Programme (CPGP)
by Changi General
Hospital
 

6850 1840 /
6850 1841
 

Mon – Fri:
8.30am - 6pm
 

Provides information and referral
services for residents living within
Northeast and Southeast CDC
districts.
 

Dementia
Helpline
(Alzheimer's
Disease Association)
 

6377 0700 

Mon – Fri:
9am - 6pm
 

Provides a listening ear for
caregivers and assist them in
managing any crisis situation at
home.
 

Institute of Mental
Health (IMH) Helpline
 

6389 2222 

24 hours 

Provides counselling for those
suffering from psychological
and psychiatric problems.
 

Lifeline NUS 

6516 7777 

24 hours 

Provides counselling and
psychological services in the
event of a life-threatening
psychological emergency for NUS
students, staff and their family
and friends.
 

Com Care / National
Family Service
Centre Helpline
 

1800 222 0000 

24 hours 

Provides assistance to the public by
directing to the appropriate agency
and links all FSCs for the public to
access. Operates in English,
Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
 

National Problem
Gambling Helpline
 

1800 666 8668 

24 hours  

Provides support, information and
advice for problem gambling.
 

SAGE Helpline for
Seniors
 

1800 555 5555 

Mon – Fri:
9am - 7pm
Sat:
9am - 1pm
 

Provides counselling to enhance the
total well-being of the older persons
and their caregivers with a special
focus on the psychological and
social aspects of their health.
 

Samaritans of
Singapore (SOS)
Hotline
 

1800 221 4444 

24 hours 

Provides counselling for anyone in
crisis and persons with suicidal
tendencies, thinking of suicide or
affected by suicide.
 

Singapore Association
of Mental Health
(SAMH
)
 

1800 283 7019 

Mon – Fri:
9am - 6pm
(After-hours
by SOS)
 

Provides counseling for people who
have psychological, psychiatric
or social problems and others
who need information for such
persons.
 

TOUCH Care Line 

6804 6555 

Mon – Sat
(except
Public Holidays):
9am - 9pm
 

Provides information and referral
services for caregivers.
 

 

  

 

 

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