Scared of what lies ahead

Can i really trust singapore’s mental health care system when it’s failed me a few times already?

Me mental health was extremely poor a few years ago. Every attempt i made to get help only led to bad experiences and I gave up seeking help.

It hasnt been easy. I started talking to a counsellor who convinced me to get my parents involved (I’m a minor). Counsellor told me that they (counsellor) were worried I’m slipping back into depression rather quickly and am showing signs of anxiety, especially after something happened that very obviously triggered me and amplified my symptoms that havent gone away since they came a few years ago.

I’m terrified of behind hurt again by people who are supposed to help me when I’m vulnerable. Everything has been really hard but the thought of seeking help at the psychiatric services in hospitals has been really overwhelming. I keep reading that appointments take a long time and so do assessments. Whats it even worth if its going to take so long? I just want to get the help i need(for likely undiagnosed depression, autism and possibly anxiety) but can I really trust the mental healthcare in singapore?

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I feel you, @yeep. I’m not sure if this helps but the Youth Integrated Teams by AIC focuses on younger people and can help with assessments, therapeutic interventions and case management. Depending on where is most convenient for you, you might want to contact one of these:

We’re here to lend a listening ear too if you wanna share more but a professional consultation may be more helpful at some point.


Hi @yeep

Thank you for taking the time to share your struggles with us here, I hear you, and it sounds like you’ve been through a lot, facing challenges that no one should have to endure alone. I want to acknowledge the courage it takes to reach out and express these concerns. Trust in mental health care is really important, and it’s completely understandable that you might feel hesitant given your past experiences.

It’s disheartening when seeking help doesn’t bring the support and understanding one needs. It takes strength to continue reaching out despite previous setbacks. I’m so sorry to hear that your past attempts haven’t been positive, and I want you to know that your feelings are valid.

In considering the idea of seeking help through psychiatric services in hospitals, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed, especially when reading about potential delays in appointments and assessments. The waiting process can indeed be challenging, and it’s completely okay to feel frustrated by it - I would feel the same way too!

I want to encourage you that every person’s journey is unique, and what matters most is finding the right support for you. If you’re open to it, discussing your concerns with your counselor or another mental health professional could be a helpful next step. They can help explore alternative options or push for a more expedited process.

While I can’t guarantee specific outcomes, I encourage you to communicate openly with your current support system (like counsellor, family) and explore all available avenues. Trust is something that can be rebuilt over time, and your well-being is a priority. That being said, do know that we are here to listen and support you but should there be a time for you to seek professional services, do approach anyone from a nearby Family Service Centre or speak to someone online here:

Let us know what you decided to do and share more with us on your journey - here to support you. Hear from you soon!

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Hello! Thank you for your response :slight_smile:
I did talk to my counsellor about it and i have already gone to the polyclinic for a referral. It was rough but I knew that the reason why I was so afraid was because of my past experiences, and those past experiences are not reflective of my future ones. I dont fully agree with the notes that the doctor wrote in his referral letter but I’m just going to take it one step at a time i guess.


That’s amazing, @yeep. I’m happy that you took the first step to seeking help again. I understand that it can be discouraging at times especially when you disagree with your doctor but when you meet your specialist, it’s a good chance to start again. I hope you meet one that understands you next.

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Hi @yeep

I’m so happy to hear that you have gone for the referral despite your feelings of worry, but I am so proud of your actions - and proud of you! Yes, focus on the step infront of you, one step at a time. Go at your own pace :slight_smile:

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