We talked a lot about helping youth and helping our children. But does anyone have advice on how we can help our parents?

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  • Hi @eelinong, excellent question! From what we know so far, aside from the usual community help resources (https://thetapestryproject.sg/get-help-resources), there are groups within hospitals like KKH that offer support for parenting related challenges like post-partum depression - a condition that occurs in both women and men. There are also family service centres available for parents that are finding it hard to cope with the day-to-day demands of raising a family. NCSS also has a comprehensive list of mental health services open for the public (https://www.ncss.gov.sg/Press-Room/Publications/Detail-Page?id=Mental-Health-Resource-Directory) here are some resources that you can consider: - ComCare by Ministry of Social and Family Development - For low-income individuals and families who may require any form of social assistance which includes financial assistance - Helpline by Clarity Singapore Limited - Provides emotional support for individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, anger and depression - Support for Wellness Achievement Programme (SWAP) Hotline by Institute of Mental Health - Provides emotional support for individuals experiencing or at-risk of developing psychosis or other mental illnesses. - Yuan Yuan Helpline (Mandarin) by Shan You - Offers service to individuals facing bereavement, critical illness, unexpected challenges in their lives or who may just need a listening ear. - Insight Centre Service Provider by Singapore Association for Mental Health - A community-based programme that specialises in working with persons with mental health issues and their caregivers. Hope this helps!

  • @thetapestryproject-sg Hi, i didn't ask this question, but i'm curious if there are resources to help parents who are mentally distressed themselves and not about helping them support their children.

  • Thanks for this question! We're not entirely sure what you mean though. Do you mean how to support parents who might also be mentally distressed, or what resources are available to help parents support their children?

  • The main reason why it's hard for parents to consider their children's mental health illness seriously is because of lack of communication and also the difference in age gap plus the timelines that they have lived on. Parents should take the initiative to ask his or her child about their day at school or ask them if there are any problems. I suggest that they make a daily routine of conversation with their child to activities such as finishing sentences which starts with pertaining to emotions. For example: "I feel happy today because...", "I felt sad today because..." "I feel angry today because..." And the like it should consist of positive and negative emotions even including the in-betweens. By the way I am not a parent yet, I am just 22 years old. And I'm speaking in the point of view of a child. I learnt the activity from a page in facebook called "Specialbooks by Special Kids". And I think it's a great exercise for parents and their children to bond and be open with each other.

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