Step up help for those living with depression

The untimely deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain within the same week has thrown the spotlight on depression (Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead, June 6; and Food celebrity Anthony Bourdain found dead, June 9).

The tragedies show that depression can hit anybody, and there could be more people in our midst who may have untreated clinical depression and choose to stay in the shadows so as not to affect their current professional status.

I hope the Health Ministry will step up efforts to further address depression in Singapore, especially among working adults who may not be handling a 24/7, globalised and fast-paced workplace well.

These could take the form of free talks and workshops in community clubs or centres.

Companies should have a trained depression counsellor who is able to provide personal and in-house help to employees.

Colin Ong Tau Shien


Samaritans Of Singapore: 1800-221-4444

Singapore Association For Mental Health: 1800-283-7019

Institute Of Mental Health's Mobile Crisis Service: 6389-2222

Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800

Silver Ribbon: 6386-1928

Tinkle Friend (for primary school-aged children): 1800-274-4788

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Step up help for those living with depression'. Print Edition | Subscribe