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Number of Young Singaporeans Seeking Mental Health Treatment Jumps by 190 Percent

The number of young Singaporeans (16 to 30 years old) seeking mental health treatment has risen by 190 percent from 2015.

The Institute of Mental Health reported that 1580 young Singaporeans sought help in 2017, compared to 550 in 2015.

Most young Singaporeans who sought help complained that they were suffering from depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The trend of young Singaporeans seeking help for mental health issues has been on the rise in recent years.

Suicide prevention centre SOS received about 1900 calls from those aged 5 to 19 in 2016 – a 70 percent increase compared to 2012.

Singapore is known as the most expensive city in the world, with one of the most stressful education systems that result in increasing segregation and suicide rates among youth.

The number of needy young Singaporeans relying on government handouts has also been on the rise.



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