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IMH's CHAT Hub helps youths with mental health concerns

Other than assessing youths with mental health concerns, the CHAT Hub also reaches out to them through various programmes and has even launched a free educational iPhone app. 

SINGAPORE: From May 2009 to Jun 2014, 80 per cent of 700 young people who went for mental health checks at a centre run by the Institute of Mental Health - known as the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) Hub - were assessed with mental health concerns.

These ranged from mood disorders like depression and anxiety, as well as adjustment and relationship concerns, to early psychosis. Sixty per cent of them were referred to specialised outpatient clinics.

"Lin", whose younger brother has schizophrenia, believes the CHAT Hub's free assessment and relaxed setting helped take away the stigma prevalent with the condition, even though she felt it came a little too late to help with her brother's condition.

Since its launch five years ago, CHAT Hub has also reached out to youths through various programmes, including outreach to schools and tapping social media like Facebook and Tumblr. It also launched a free iPhone app, named Gacha Island, that features a game which educates youths on mental health issues.