Fighting the monsters in their minds

Artist Moktarrullah Abdullah (above), who was diagnosed with depression and obsessive compulsive disorder at the age of 15, says art has helped him cope with his monsters.
Artist Moktarrullah Abdullah (above), who was diagnosed with depression and obsessive compulsive disorder at the age of 15, says art has helped him cope with his monsters.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

More young people suffering from depression are reaching out for help as people become more aware of the condition

In recent years, more young people have reached out to an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) programme that helps youth with mental health issues. Experts attribute this in part to a growing awareness of depression.

The "steady increase" in the number of mental health inquiries is partly due to "a growing acceptance of the importance of seeking help early for mental health concerns", says Ms Lee Yi Ping, a senior case manager at Community Health Assessment Team (Chat), an IMH initiative targeting those aged 16 to 30.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 18, 2018, with the headline 'Fighting the monsters in their minds '. Print Edition | Subscribe