Clarity Singapore, a Catholic organisation which provides care to people with mental health conditions, held an open house on Feb 6 to promote the Community Intervention Team (COMIT) programme it runs together with several partners.
COMIT is part of the Ministry of Health’s initiative for mental wellnesss and is made up of counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists, case managers and nurses to holistically address the mental health needs of clients.
During the event, Clarity executive director Grace Ang elaborated on the kinds of services her organisation offers to the 30-strong crowd, who included representatives from the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Ministry of Health, Agency of Integrated Care (AIC) and Daybreak Family Service Centre.
Counselling, psychotherapy, art therapy, training of grassroots leaders, staff and volunteers of social agencies to help them better understand mental health and identify early signs of mental illness are all part of Clarity’s work, she said.
She added that the COMIT programme complements and expands Clarity’s services and partnerships with mental health agencies and hospitals, allowing for an “our outreach at an accelerated pace”.
Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor and MP for Nee Soon GRC, Dr Lee Bee Wah, were also present at the event, held at Clarity’s premises at Yishun Ring Road.
“We are pleased to partner with Clarity Singapore in promoting mental health in the community, and its services will complement other wellness services in Nee Soon South,” Dr Lee told the gathering.
Some participants were later taken on a tour of Clarity’s premises.
The organisation, which provides counselling and other services to persons struggling with mild to moderate mental illness, has been operating at its current premises since Dec 3.
It was set up in 2010 and is a member organisation of Caritas Singapore and National Council of Social Services.
By Martin See