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HOW TO HELP THE MENTALLY ILL AND THOSE IN DISTRESS

Both the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) said help is readily available for people with mental illnesses.

When someone is increasingly unstable and highly distressed but unwilling to seek help, loved ones should call the IMH's 24-hour Mental Health Helpline at 6389-2222, said Dr Bhanu Gupta, a consultant at the IMH's Department of Community Psychiatry.

Trained counsellors man the helpline and can provide assistance and discuss ways to help.

SOS, a suicide prevention centre, provides professional counselling in crisis and suicide prevention.

An SOS spokesman said that on top of looking out for signs of intense distress and suicide, such as unusual mood changes, out-of-character behaviour and subtle warnings and threats, family and friends can also lend a ear.

If they suspect someone of harbouring suicidal thoughts, they can encourage them to contact the SOS by phone at 1800-221-4444 or by e-mail at pat@samaritans.org.sg.

INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

6389-2222

SINGAPORE ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH

1800-283-7019

SAMARITANS OF SINGAPORE

1800-221-4444

pat@samaritans.org.sg

CARE CORNER COUNSELLING CENTRE

1800-353-5800 (Mandarin)