Showing posts with label Support Groups in Singapore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Support Groups in Singapore. Show all posts

Friday, March 14, 2008

Support Groups in Singapore

I just found out that in Singapore we do have Support Groups though not specifically for Bipolar Disorder. Usually the Support Groups cater to a variety of mood disorders which involves depression. These mood disorders can be major depression, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, etc etc.

The following 2 places provide Support Groups or Group Therapy for mood disorders:

1) Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Peer Support Groups (PSG)

The Peer Support Groups (PSG) are self-help groups for people who are recovering or have recovered from mental health problems to get together as a group for information and sharing of experiences, to obtain social and emotional support and to learn from one another.

How is the PSG run?

SAMH runs two types of Recovery Support Groups:

  1. Sunshinepath - A Support Group for Depression (include Bipolar Disorder) and Anxiety
  2. Mental Health Interactive Group for Schizophrenia

    For Sunshinepath Support Group for Depression & Anxiety, members will meet on the first Monday of every month from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
  3. For Mental Health Interactive Group for Schizophrenia, members will meet fortnightly on the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

    (Both groups use English as the main language medium but translation by peer volunteers are provided for members who are Mandarin speaking)

    Who will conduct the PSG sessions?
    The Peer Support Groups are run by trained volunteers who are recovered sufferers with a mental health counsellor or social worker as the moderator.

    Where will the PSG be run?
    The Peer Support Groups are held at
    Central Singapore Club 3R
    Blk 69 Toa Payoh Lorong 4
    #01-365 Singapore 310069

    Who can join?
    Persons who have suffered from:

    • Schizophrenia
    • Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Anxiety Disorders
    and are currently in stable condition and have accepted the illness.

    Are There Any Requirements from PSG members?
    As the PSG is a support group for people going through the challenges of mental health problems, we strive to make the support group a safe and therapeutic avenue for members to be able to relate their experiences. Therefore all members are expected to maintain confidentiality at all times.

    Are there any fees involved?
    You only need to pay a one time registration fee of $10 to join the group.

    How do I join the PSG?
    To register for PSG, please click here

    For more information on Peer Support Groups, please contact between Monday – Friday (except holidays)

    • Social Worker, Support Groups, Singapore Association for Mental Health Blk 69 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 #01-365, Singapore 310069
    • Fax No: 62526834

      For further enquiry, please call 1800 2837019 (09.00am-1.00pm, 2.00-6.00pm) or email to the above email address.

2) Institute of Mental Health (IMH) runs Group Therapy besides individual and family therapy.

Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
Buangkok Green Medical Park
10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
Tel : 6389 2000
Fax : 6385 1050
Quality Service (Toll-Free): 1800-3864541
Emergency Help Line (24 Hours): (65) 6389-2222
Outpatient Appointment (65) 6389-2200
Admission Enquiries: (65) 6389-2003/4
Billing Enquiries: (65) 6389-2016/7/8