SINGAPORE, 20 December 2022 – Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and Punggol West Citizens’ Consultative Committee (Punggol West CCC) today to enhance capabilities in managing and boosting mental resilience among youth and the elderly.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health issues in the community have been brought to the forefront. Tackling mental wellness and building mental resilience among youth and seniors require a multipronged strategy. These partnerships provide an additional pathway to help and manage individuals who might be developing or experiencing a mental health condition, and facilitate timely interventions. The collaboration between SKH and IMH as well as with Punggol West CCC is important for the sharing of skills and knowledge to raise awareness and to encourage everyone in the community to play a larger role,” said Prof Hsu Pon Poh, Chairman, Medical Board, Sengkang General Hospital.
(i) enhancing cross-institutional psychiatric and medical capabilities(ii) providing efficient medical access for IMH patients(iii) collaborating on population health initiatives and(iv) collaborating on education, innovation and research
(i) providing training and professional support to community volunteers, champions and ambassadors(ii) providing a tiered approach system to mental health management(iii) jointly conducting mental health and wellness activities and events for the promotion of mental health
Ms Sun Xueling, Advisor to Punggol West Grassroots Organizations, said: “We believe that upstream measures to build resilience in individuals, strengthen mutual care and concern and ability in the identification of mental health issues in the community and facilitating early and appropriate intervention is important. Managing mental health issues and promoting well-being requires a whole of society effort and Punggol West is delighted to be part of the partnership with SKH and their collaboration with IMH.”
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