YOUR SAY: With treatment, most patients can lead normal lives
Two lives could have been saved if treatment of Ms Andrea Tay's mental illness was sought, and I fully concur with the views of psychiatrists Dr Thomas Lee and Dr Lim Boon Leng as reported in "5 minutes of fury & frenzy" (The New Paper, Dec 4).
One of the biggest obstacles to recovery from mental illness is when the patient or even the caregivers are in denial of a loved one's mental illness.
In addition, myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness often prevent caregivers from seeking help for their stricken ones.
But the good news is that with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both, most people with mental disorders can lead normal lives.
It is imperative that the family finds sources of support. With the Ministry of Social and Family Development now rolling out more programmes for caregivers, the journey in caring for loved ones with mental illness will be much smoother.
The Institute of Mental Health has a competent team that can help to stabilise patients. It also has a community psychiatry department to monitor their outpatient treatment.
Indeed, it would be most helpful if friends, grassroots leaders and religious groups play a supporting role so that the mentally ill and their caregivers will not feel alone.