Janil Puthucheary on tackling elderly depression and suicide
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Janil Puthucheary on tackling elderly depression and suicide(Updated: )
In Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 16), Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary answered questions on what is being done to tackle depression and suicide among the elderly, especially with social isolation amid COVID-19. Measures include supporting their social and emotional needs, with a new plan starting in May for eldercare centres to reach out to them regardless of demographics; and targeted support under the CREST programme to engage at-risk seniors and caregivers. Dr Janil said help has remained available throughout the pandemic, even during the circuit breaker period last year.