NSF deaths: Provide mental health support to those affected

All the full-time national servicemen and other personnel who were involved or who witnessed the untimely deaths and events in the recent tragic incidents should be given structured mental health support (Civil defence NSF drowns after celebration gone wrong, May 15; and NSF dies after being warded for heatstroke, May 1).

This must be done by trained professionals and the help must be verified by management.

Psychiatric care and support are critical to reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress injuries among witnesses and survivors of traumatic events.

Timely psychiatric care will reduce risks of subsequent psychiatric morbidities among survivors.

John Bosco Lee (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'NSF deaths: Provide mental health support to those affected'. Print Edition | Subscribe