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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Singapore Association for Mental Health

Donated $225 to Singapore Association for Mental Health using dividends collected in my Permanent Stocks Holdings.

About SAMH
The Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) was established in 1968 as the first community mental health agency in Singapore with the aim of providing quality step-down care and rehabilitative services to persons with mental health conditions. It is a non-profit, voluntary welfare organisation seeking to promote mental health in the community and improve the rehabilitation and reintegration of persons with mental illness.

Today, SAMH operates nine centres in Singapore, and has a comprehensive range of services.

Programmes and Services

        Activity Hub @ Pelangi Village
        Bukit Gombak Group Homes
        Club 3R (Toa Payoh)
        Mobile Support Team (Jurong East)
        Oasis Day Centre
        Insight Centre
        Creative Hub
        Creative Mindset

        Counselling (Helpline & Appointments)
        BGGH After Care
        Mobile Mental Health Outreach Team
        Community Mental Health Education
        Volunteer Programme
        Support Services
            Caregiver Support
            Peer Support
            Support for Eating Disorders Singapore

Mental Wellness For All

    To improve the lives of persons with mental illness and provide support for their families
    To promote acceptance and respect for persons with mental illness
    To improve the mental resilience of our community

    Professionalism & Respect
    Compassion & Acceptance
    Hope & Empowerment
    Engagement & Collaboration

SAMH provides the following support services for individuals with psychiatric conditions and their families.

    Rehabilitative Services
        Club 3R
        Oasis Day Centre
    Outreach Services
        Caregiver Support
        Support for Eating Disorders Singapore (SEDS)
        Community Mental Health Education
        Creative Hub
    Residential Services
        Bukit Gombak Group Homes
        Activity Hub @ Pelangi Village
    Peer Specialists

Mental Health Information
Mental Health is much more than an absence of illness. It involves our daily lives. It has to do with:

    How a person feels about himself
    How he/she feels about others
    How he/she handles the stresses of daily living

Indicators of Positive Mental Health
Some characteristics of a mentally healthy person:

Feeling comfortable about himself
  •     he is able to cope with common feelings such as fear, worry, anger, love, hate, jealousy and guilt
  •     he can take disappointments in his stride
  •     he has confidence in his ability to handle most situations
  •     he has self-respect

Feeling comfortable about other people
  •     he is able to give and receive love from others
  •     he has trust in others
  •     he does not push other people around or allow himself to be pushed around

He is able to meet the demands of life
  •     he is able to cope and to solve problems when they arise
  •     he is able to accept responsibilities
  •     he is able to decide on things for himself
  •     he puts his best efforts in whatever he does and he feels happy doing it

Levels of One’s Mental Health
Each individual functions at different levels of mental health. Not all people have all of the characteristics of good mental health all the time. Do not worry; it is difficult to reach the ideal in mental health development.

Common Feelings that We Experience

We can deal with our emotions. We appreciate – love, joy, happiness, satisfaction, contentment, cheerfulness, peace of mind, pleasure, etc. We can also cope with – sadness, fear, anxiety, anger, hate, loneliness, hurt, frustration, worry, etc.

Ways to Cope With Your Feelings

Some useful tips
    1.Recognise your feelings such as fear, anger, sadness and hate in any situation
    2.Try to understand how such feelings come about
    3.Examine your reaction to situations and people when faced with such feelings
    4.Know your potential and limitations in dealing with situations. Be realistic
    5.Understand your favoured ways in which you deal with our feelings and problems, i.e. are they effective or ineffective? Example: ANGER
    Ask yourself these questions

        Why am I angry?
        What am I angry with?
        How to react when I am angry?
        What can I do to deal with my anger?
    6.Learn new ways of coping with your feelings that give you satisfaction and that can meet your needs
    7.Plan positive ways to handle these feelings, step by step
    8.Act on your plans
    9.If they do not meet your needs, explore other ways

Stress is a common experience in meeting the demands and expectations of oneself and others – at home, at school, at work, at social functions. Conflicts and frustrations arise in meeting such demands of daily living. These result in tension, feelings of fear, anger and sadness. Stress is not always harmful. It can give us the motivation to overcome our difficulties. It depends on how you view it.

Examples of stressful events
    Too demanding a job
    Work pressure
    Poor relationship with boyfriend/girlfriend
    Poor relationship with husband/wife
    Poor relationship with employer/colleagues
    Worry about children
    Worry about household chores
    Worry about examinations
    Sudden unexpected death in the family
    Dealing with in-laws

How to Achieve and Maintain Positive Mental Health For Yourself and Those Around You

Tips for Your Mental Health
Mental Health cannot be for the self alone. It is everybody’s concern. We need to look at how we are contributing to the stress of others and vice versa.

It is by your attitudes and behaviour that you can promote positive mental health for yourself and those around you.

  •     Have a balanced diet
  •     Have enough sleep
  •     Have regular exercise
  •     Relieve your tension through relaxation and recreation
  •     Do something enjoyable when you feel stressful
  •     When something worries you, talk it over with someone. Also offer a listening ear to those who may need someone to talk to. Show someone you care.
  •     Take one thing at a time
  •     Learn from your experience and think of different ways to handle your situation
  •     Give in occasionally even if you are right. Remember, nobody is perfect. By doing this, others will do the same
  •     Go easy with your criticism. Look for the good points in another person’s behaviour and help him to develop them
  •     Give the other person a break. Competition may be good at times but there should be a balance with co-operation
  •     Do something for others. Develop your trust and love with those around you
  •     Give yourself a pat on the back for the things you do well
  •     Be able to laugh at yourself even when things go wrong

Contact Us

SAMH HQ (Mailing Address)
Address     :     Blk 69, Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-365, Singapore 310069
Tel     :     6255 3222
Fax     :     6252 6834
Email     :

Address     :     Blk 139, Potong Pasir Avenue 3, #01-136, Singapore 350139
Tel     :     6283 1576
Fax     :     6283 2140
Email     :

Address     :     Blk 139, Potong Pasir Avenue 3, #01-132, Singapore 350139
Tel     :     6283 1576
Fax     :     6283 2140
Email     :

Address     :     Blk 239, Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, #01-165, Singapore 650239
Blk 240, Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, #01-229, Singapore 650240
Tel     :     6564 7003
Fax     :     6565 1498
Email     :

Address     :     8 Buangkok Green, Singapore 539752
Tel     :     6315 6778
Fax     :     6315 6779
Email     :

SAMH YouthReach
Address     :     Social Service Hub @ Tiong Bahru, #10-06, Central Plaza, Singapore 168730
Tel     :     6593 6420 / 6593 6424
Fax     :     6665 9326
Email     :

Creative Hub
Address     :     90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre Block L, #01-47 Singapore 439053
Tel     :     63448451
Fax     :     63448451
Email     :

Creative Mindset
Address     :     No. 1, Jurong West Central 2 #06-01, Jurong Point Shopping Centre
Singapore 648886
Tel     :     65155718
Fax     :     65156918
Email     :

Mobile Support Team
Address     :     257 Jurong East Street 24, #01-405 Singapore 600257
Tel     :     66659220
Fax     :     66659703
Email     :

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