As we continue to grapple with this chastening experience, in which some of us have lost livelihoods and loved ones, perhaps the more privileged among us should take a step back and ponder over what it is we are facing and what lessons we can learn from this collective chapter for humanity.
Mental illness is a significant public health issue in Singapore. The 2010 Singapore Mental Health Study found that 1 in 17 suffered from major depressive disorder, and 1 in 33 from obsessive-compulsive disorder, with the latter surpassing the US and Europe. Existing apps in Singapore seek to promote self-help through private thought diaries, mood trackers, and goal-setting. But for self-help to be more effective, the pervasive cultural stigma attached to mental health patients must be tackled.