More people are seeking help for mental conditions such as depression, alcohol abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) hopes to have more of them treated in the community.
Last year, 42,663 people went for outpatient treatment at IMH - Singapore's only tertiary psychiatric hospital. This was a 22 per cent rise from the 35,002 people seen in 2010. Inpatient admissions - about 9,000 last year - have been growing at a slower rate of less than 1 per cent each year.
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