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Supporting Our Children’s Well-being

Updated: Jun 25

In recent years, mental health has emerged as a critical area of focus in Singapore, driven by increasing awareness and advocacy from various sectors of society. Prime Minister Lawrence Wong underscored the importance of mental health, particularly among children and teenagers aged 4 to 16. This emphasis aligns with a broader global recognition that early intervention and support can significantly impact lifelong mental well-being.

Prime Minister’s Focus on Mental Health

Prime Minister Lawrence Wong has highlighted the necessity of addressing mental health issues from a young age. His advocacy stems from the recognition that mental health challenges, if left unaddressed, can impede a child’s development and well-being. By focusing on children aged 4 to 16, the government aims to implement early interventions that can prevent more severe mental health issues later in life. This proactive approach includes integrating mental health education into school curriculums, training educators to identify signs of mental distress, and increasing access to child-friendly mental health services.

Making Informed Decisions for Choosing a Mental Health Provider

As awareness of mental health issues grows, so does the number of available mental health services. For parents seeking the best care for their children, making an informed decision can be daunting. Here are some key considerations to help parents navigate this important choice:

  1. Qualifications and Experience: Ensure that the mental health provider is licensed and has experience working with children and adolescents. Specialisations in child psychology or psychiatry can be particularly beneficial.

  2. Approach and Techniques: Different providers use different therapeutic approaches. Research and ask about their methods to ensure they align with your child’s needs and your family's values. Common approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), play therapy, and family therapy.

  3. Environment: The environment of the mental health provider’s office should be welcoming and child-friendly. A comfortable setting can help your child feel at ease and open up more during sessions.

  4. Recommendations and Reviews: Seek recommendations from trusted sources such as your paediatrician, school counsellor, or other parents. Online reviews and testimonials can also provide insights into the provider’s effectiveness and approach.

  5. Communication: A good mental health provider will communicate clearly with both you and your child. They should be willing to explain their process, set realistic expectations, and involve you in your child's treatment plan.

Our Inclusion in Sassy Mama’s Counselling Guide

We are thrilled to announce our inclusion in Sassy Mama’s comprehensive Counselling Guide. This guide is an excellent resource for parents seeking trusted mental health services in Singapore. It provides detailed information on various providers, making it easier for parents to find the right support for their children’s mental health needs.

In addition to being featured in their counselling guide, we have also collaborated with Sassy Mama to help parents find out more about play therapy and its benefits. This article delves deeper into the importance of early mental health intervention and the specific services we offer. We believe this partnership will further enhance our efforts to reach out to parents and provide them with the necessary information and resources to support their children's mental health journey.

As Singapore continues to prioritise mental health, especially among young children and adolescents, it is crucial for parents to be well-informed and proactive. By choosing the right mental health provider, parents can ensure their children receive the support they need to thrive. We are honoured to be part of this movement, providing quality mental health services and resources to families across Singapore. Visit Sassy Mama’s Counselling Guide and our article to learn more about how we can support your child’s mental health journey.

Do you think your Teen or Child could benefit from therapy? Speak to a qualified Play therapist to learn how your Teen or Child could benefit from play therapy, Click here to get in touch today, or if you want to know if Play Therapy could be suitable for your Teen or Child, click here to take our quiz!`

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