By Invitation

Time to put mental health high on list of national priorities

Worrying number of suicide cases among the young and mental health issues among the elderly all point to a need to prioritise mental health

I have been thinking and worrying about the mental health of Singaporeans.

I am the rector of a college at the National University of Singapore (NUS). One of my responsibilities is to look after the welfare and well-being of the 600 students who stay at the college. The report of a visiting committee on the college highlighted the need for the college to pay greater attention to the mental health and pastoral care of our students.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 29, 2020, with the headline 'Time to put mental health high on list of national priorities'. Subscribe