Let's chat about stress: More young people seeking help early on mental-health issues

The Institute of Mental Health's youth outreach arm Chat as well as Touch Youth Intervention say more young people are seeking help on mental-health issues

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When his grandmother died earlier this year, 16-year-old Alan (not his real name) felt distressed, but could not quite describe his feelings.

"He said he felt very tired all the time, so he stayed home, and then he felt very scared he was missing school and not keeping up with his schoolwork," said Ms Andrea Chan, head of Touch Youth Intervention, which Alan approached for help about six weeks after his grandmother's death.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2019, with the headline Let's chat about stress: More young people seeking help early on mental-health issues. Subscribe