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Rahayu Mahzam on care and treatment at healthcare institutions

From 2016 to 2019, a yearly average of about 49,800 Singapore residents received treatment for mental health issues at healthcare institutions, based on data reported to the Health Ministry. During the same period, the average number of residents seeking care for depression and anxiety was 33,700 and 34,500 respectively. These include repeat attendances. Approximately 60 per cent of patients with anxiety or depression are under 60 years old, 70 per cent are Chinese, while about 30 per cent live in three-room or smaller public flats. Findings from a 2016 Singapore mental health study show that unemployment and divorced or separated marital status are significantly associated with depression. It also said stress may be a risk factor for anxiety disorder. Parliamentary Secretary for Health Rahayu Mahzam shared these statistics in reply to an MP's questions in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 2).

Rahayu Mahzam on care and treatment at healthcare institutions

02 Nov 2021 11:51am

From 2016 to 2019, a yearly average of about 49,800 Singapore residents received treatment for mental health issues at healthcare institutions, based on data reported to the Health Ministry. During the same period, the average number of residents seeking care for depression and anxiety was 33,700 and 34,500 respectively. These include repeat attendances. Approximately 60 per cent of patients with anxiety or depression are under 60 years old, 70 per cent are Chinese, while about 30 per cent live in three-room or smaller public flats. Findings from a 2016 Singapore mental health study show that unemployment and divorced or separated marital status are significantly associated with depression. It also said stress may be a risk factor for anxiety disorder. Parliamentary Secretary for Health Rahayu Mahzam shared these statistics in reply to an MP's questions in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 2).

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