More students from elite schools here are seeking treatment at the Institute of Mental Health for school-related stress.
Between 2012 to 2017, IMH’s Child Guidance Clinics saw an average of about 2400 new cases every year.
The trend could show that more of these youth are suffering stress-related break downs, or suggest that more of them are willing to seek help than in the past.
School-related stress can pertain to academic issues such as homework and exams, or relationship issues such as authorities, friendships and bullying.
Mental health experts say that pressures faced by the young must be taken seriously as they can lead to anxiety, depression or suicidal behaviour.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Singapore – those aged 10-29
According to the Samaritans of Singapore, there were 2.5 times more deaths from suicide than transport accidents in 2017
If you know of anyone who needs help, ask them to call the SOS 24hr hotline at 1800-221 4444.