A possible development for Clarity, an organisation providing mental health services, would be to set up a day care centre for those who have been discharged from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
Chairman for Clarity, Joseph Tan Peng Chin, shared this with CatholicNews after a special World Mental Health Day Mass and Clarity’s fourth anniversary celebration.
The event was held on Oct 10 at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea.
“The reality is that IMH is the main hospital dealing with mental health but they don’t have enough beds to cater to all the patients,” said Mr Tan. “Patients who have been discharged may like to still stay in the hospital or go somewhere” where they can be taken care of.
Clarity will also set up another centre at Agape Village when it opens in May 2015.
Mr Tan said that Clarity welcomes retired counsellors and clinical psychiatrists who would like to be involved in mental health, to come onboard and help the team.
Mr Tan noted that it is hard for Clarity which has 12 staff, to get more volunteers, counsellors and clinical psychologists as they are also in high demand in local hospitals.
“It’s very difficult for us to be competing for this small pool of professionals,” he said.
During his homily, parish priest Fr John Joseph Fenelon, thanked Clarity for its services.
He said to 100 beneficiaries, partners and Clarity staff, that he was grateful for the organisation’s work and added that he refers parishioners who might be suffering from mental illnesses to Clarity.
After Mass, there was a cake cutting ceremony and some Clarity staff manned booths in the church’s canteen.
For four years, Clarity has been working closely with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, agencies who run homes, as well as with several private universities.
Clarity takes in interns who are taking their masters degree in clinical psychology or doctorate under the graduate programme in clinical psychology from James Cook University, Monash University and the Singapore Institute of Management, said Ms Grace Ang, executive director of Clarity.
She added that 500 people have benefited from Clarity’s services over the past four years.
To find out more about Clarity’s services and programmes, or to volunteer or intern at Clarity, visit their website at www.clarity-singapore.org or call 9710-3733.
By Lorna O’Hara