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Youth Mental Health 

Matters  

By Shipra Sinha 

(YouthReach) 

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Key Facts  

Mental health is an integral part of health; there is no health without 

mental health.

Mental health is more than theabsence of mental disorders.

realizes ownabilities

stresses of life

productively

contribution

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National Stat ist ic s 

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Youths and Mental Illnesses

S Depression

S  Anxiety

S Eating disorders

S Substance dependence

S  Autism spectrum disorder 

(ASD)

S Schizophrenia

S Bipolar disorder 

S Personality disorders

S Conduct disorder 

S  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

disorder(ADHD)

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Barr iers to Early 

Treatment 

Public Lack of Awareness

of common symptoms of illnesses

of effectiveness and necessity for treatment

Stigma against seeking help

Difficulty initiating treatment

Primary care often not well connected with mental health resources

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Don ’ t Ignore 

The Signs 

• Marked drop in school performanceor increase in absenteeism.

• Excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs.

• Marked changes in sleeping and/or eating habits.

• Many physical complaints (such asheadaches or stomach aches).

• Aggressive or non-aggressiveconsistent violations of rights of others:opposition to authority, truancy, thefts,vandalism, etc.

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Don ’ t Ignore The 

Signs  

• withdrawal from friends, family andregular activities.

• depression shown by sustained,prolonged negative mood andattitude, often accompanied by poor appetite, difficulty sleeping or thoughts of death.

• frequent outbursts of anger andrage.

• low energy level, poor 

concentration or complaints of boredom.

• loss of enjoyment in what used tobe favourite activities.

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Don ’ t Ign ore The 

Signs  

• unusual neglect of personalappearance.

• intense fear of becoming obesewith no relationship to actual bodyweight.

• uncharacteristic delinquent, thrillseeking or promiscuous behaviour.

• marked personality change.

• comments about “feeling rotteninside”, wanting “to end things”, and“no longer being a problem for others soon”. 

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Video : support them ;

“give it today” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLZahdkJB1Q 

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  When to refer ….?  

S When the child/ youth presents a problem or request for 

information which is beyond your level of competency

S If child/youth is reluctant to discuss his/her problem with

you for some reason

S If after a period of time , you do not believe your communication with child/youth has been effective

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Where to go for 

help ? 

family doctor 

school counsellor or 

teacher 

psychologist

psychiatrist

social worker 

help line emergency department

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Commun ity Resou rces for 

Youths 

Ins ti tut e of Mental Health (IMH) 

Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) 

Forensic Rehabilitation, Intervention, Evaluation & NetworkDevelopment

Neuro-behavarioual Clinic (NBC  ) 

Response, Early Intervention & Assessment in CommunityHealth (REACH) 

Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) 

YouthReach 

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Stand up for youth mental 

health 

S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKjlxU5Zat8 


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