Where to seek help
The first person of contact should be the child’s school counsellor, who typically has access to the reach (Response, Early intervention and Assessment in Community mental Health) teams led by IMH, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and with Social Service Organisations, says Dr Ong.
• Tinkle Friend (for primary school students) Tel: 1800-2744-788
• Samaritans of Singapore Tel: 1800-221-4444 (24 hours)
• Institute of Mental Health’s mental health helpline Tel: 6389-2222