Changi General Hospital, Community Organisations
Studies show that 1 in 10 people in Singapore will have some form of mental illness in their lifetime. Early detection and intervention significantly improve the outcomes for people with or at risk of mental health problems. As key touchpoints for the general public, community-based organisations trained in mental health literacy will be able to serve as the frontline in early detection and intervention for mental health issues amongst residents and members, especially those in the vulnerable groups.
The Mental Health First Aid (Singapore) course is an accredited course in mental health literacy that is suitable for lay persons. Participants learn to identify common mental health problems, provide initial assistance and guide the person to appropriate professional help. Project eMHFA(S) sought to build a more resilient community by training community leaders in mental health first aid through an e-learning platform.