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Mental Illness in Singapore - Quick facts

With 1 in 16 Singaporeans having experienced it at least once in their lives, major depressive disorder is the most common mental health condition in Singapore according to Homage, an health tech based in Singapore.

We define the depressive disorder as a the feeling depressed and experiencing other symptoms of depression daily, for at least two weeks.

Another study made by the National University of Singapore confirmed that about one in three youth in Singapore has reported internalising mental health symptoms such as sadness, anxiety and loneliness, a national study has found.

Those aged 14 to 16 had more serious symptoms.

The good news is that more Singaporeans keen to learn about mental health and seek help. A survey done by Chanel News Asia found that 66 per cent of respondents in Singapore were concerned about the stigma surrounding mental health. Although things are improving on the awareness front, misconceptions remain, the experts said.

Other statistics based on the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), 8.7% of the surveyed Singapore population met the criteria for clinical depression, while 9.4% met the criteria for anxiety.

Last Fast Facts on Mental Health in Singapore​ according to HealthxChange

  • 51% of mental illness patients suffer from a chronic physical illness, because there is a link between the two

  • Depression, alcohol abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder are the top 3 most common disorders in Singapore.

  • 29 The age at which the majority of mental illnesses occur, and

  • 5.8% of the adult population in Singapore has suffered from depression at some point in their lives


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