4 Myths And Facts About Mental Health

June 24, 2024

4 Myths And Facts About Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health awareness in Singapore has grown significantly in recent years. However, along with this progress, misconceptions about mental illness can still be a barrier to seeking help. This can have a real impact on individuals and the wider community. But fear not, today we are diving headfirst into the murky waters of myths and facts, separating truth from fiction when it comes to mental wellbeing.

So, grab your metaphorical flashlight and let’s get ready to shed some light on these issues!

Myth 1: There’s No Hope for Recovery

This is simply not true! The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) in Singapore assures us that most people with mental conditions can experience significant improvement, with many achieving full recovery. Recovery might involve managing symptoms, but it allows you to live a fulfilling life. (Agency for Integrated Care)​​

Myth 2: People with mental conditions are violent and unpredictable

This stereotype is dangerous and untrue. The vast majority of people with mental conditions are not violent. In fact, they are more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators. The stigma that associates mental illness with violence is not only incorrect but also harmful, as it discourages individuals from seeking help and perpetuates discrimination​ (Agency for Integrated Care)​​ (CNA)​.

Myth 3: Mental problems are a sign of weakness

Mental conditions are not a sign of personal weakness. They are medical conditions that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. Just like physical illnesses, mental issues require proper treatment and care. Singapore’s National Mental Health and Well-being Strategy emphasizes the importance of understanding these issues as an integral part of overall health, aiming to reduce stigma and improve support systems​ (Ministry of Health Singapore)​.

Myth 4: Mental health services are not accessible in Singapore

While challenges remain, access to mental health services in Singapore has been improving. The government has made it a key priority, with initiatives aimed at expanding mental health services and enhancing capabilities for early identification and intervention. The introduction of the National Mental Health and Well-being Strategy in 2023 is a significant step towards creating a more robust support system​ (Ministry of Health Singapore)​​ (CNA)​.

Current Initiative and Progress

Singapore has been actively working to improve mental health awareness and services. The National Mental Health and Well-being Strategy introduced in 2023 focuses on four key areas which includes expanding mental health services, enhancing service provider capabilities, promoting good mental health and well-being, and improving workplace mental health. These efforts aim to create a supportive environment where individuals can seek help without stigma and receive the necessary support for their recovery​ (Ministry of Health Singapore)​.

Recent data also indicates a growing willingness among Singaporeans to seek help for mental issues, particularly from informal support networks. This trend is crucial for early intervention and effective management of mental conditions. Additionally, the increase in community support and resources available, such as help lines and counselling services, reflects a positive shift towards better mental health management in the country​ (CNA)​​ (The Independent Singapore News)​.


Addressing mental health myths and spreading factual information is essential for creating a supportive environment for those affected by these issues. With ongoing efforts and strategic initiatives, Singapore is making significant strides in improving awareness, reducing stigma, and providing comprehensive support to its residents.

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