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Published on 03 Jan, 2023

Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought greater awareness to mental health. Young people, in particular, are more open to talking about their mental health, but if they need to find a listening ear for their stress after office hours or late on Saturday night, where can they find the support?

In this episode, ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo finds out more about a new after-hours support service from Chat, called Chatline. She hosts three guests in the studio. They are Ms Lee Yi Ping, a Principal Case Manager at the Institute of Mental Health and the Programme Lead for Chat, Ms Sheryl Yue, a youth volunteer at Chatline and Ms Ashley Poo, a student who’s a Chatline client.

Highlights (click/tap above):

1:06 Ms Lee on Chatline, an after-office hours peer support service aimed at youth aged 13-25; how to enrol

4:56 Ashley on getting help for mental health issues

7:32 Experiences with Chatline: How is it helpful?

11:48 Sheryl on volunteering for Chatline: Lending a helping hand

15:04 Training for Chatline volunteers; on what peer support is

Enrol for Chatline:

Self-referral form: https://form.gov.sg/63043aa508b16f0013bf7b7e

Email: chatline@mentalhealth.sg


Samaritans of Singapore Hotline: 1-767; CareText: (WhatsApp) 9151-1767 (24-hour)

Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800 2837 019

Institute Of Mental Health: 6389 2222 (24-hour)

Silver Ribbon Singapore: 6386 1928

Tinkle Friend: 1800 2744 788 and www.tinklefriend.sg

Care Corner Counselling Centre: 6353 1180

TOUCHline (Counselling): 1800 3772 252

TOUCH Care line (for seniors, caregivers): 6804 6555

Community Health Assessment Team: 6493 6500 and www.chat.mentalhealth.sg

Produced by: Joyce Teo (joyceteo@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis, Teo Tong Kai and Eden Soh

Edited by: Eden Soh

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