If you or someone close to you is in distress or immediate danger in Singapore, call 995.
There are times when you or someone you know is thinking about self-harm or has suicidal thoughts. It’s important to seek immediate help when this happens. With timely help and support, you or the person you know can be kept safe from harm.
Call these helplines and get mental support for you and your loved ones now:
SOS provides emotional support to those in crisis, thinking about suicide or affected by suicide
📞 Call 1-767
IMH provides mental health crisis support and medical help
📞 Call 6389-2222
TOUCH provides counselling support for youths facing emotional and mental health challenges
📞 Call 1800-377-2252
What you should know about helping someone in distress or in crisis
It can be unsettling when someone you know seems to be going through emotional distress or a mental health crisis. Knowing what to say and do at the right time may have a significant positive impact that could even save lives.
Understand that each person is different so listening empathetically and without judgement helps. Do remember that your own mental health is important and reach out for help if you need it.
How to provide mental support
Friends, family and work colleagues can be crucial sources of wellbeing support for someone going through a tough time or showing possible signs of anxiety and depression. Here are some steps you can take to guide you in starting these conversations about mental health.
- Find a time and private place with no distractions
- Let the person decide what and how much they want to share
- Don’t second-guess their feelings
- Ask open-ended questions
- Talk about their emotional wellbeing
- Listen carefully and try to repeat what is being said
- Know your limits and offer support for them to seek professional help or counselling
Don’t be disappointed if the person in need does not want to continue the conversation at any stage. Remind them gently that you care and provide them with information from mental health agencies or professional services that may be able to help them further.