Steering committee for mental heathcare issues useful, says Mdm Halimah
- POSTED: 27 Sep 2013 20:45
This graph is an experimental feature that tracks number of views over time.
Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said on Friday it will be useful to have a steering committee for mental healthcare related issues.
SINGAPORE: A steering committee for mental healthcare related issues will be useful, said Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob at the Singapore Mental Health Conference on Friday.
This would be a handy feedback mechanism for policy makers, especially as Singapore strives to move from centralised to community-based care for people with mental illnesses.
Madam Halimah, who is also a mental healthcare advocate, said: I think that it is useful that you have a committee where you can get feedback, suggestions (and) help people on the ground who are actually experiencing on a daily basis some of these issues.
"They can identify the gaps and inform… (And) help to connect the dots so that the community service… is holistic and complete."
She added that other challenges to address include job discrimination associated with the stigma of mental health, and in ensuring mental healthcare continues to stay affordable.
The two-day conference will see some 300 local and international mental healthcare professionals and community service providers come together to discuss a range of issues on mental health.