The 9th International TAS Conference is co-hosted by a strong network of key Singapore agencies and the World Psychiatric Association (Mental Illness and Stigma Section).
Representing Singapore are the Institute of Mental Health, National Council of Social Service, Health Promotion Board, Agency for Integrated Care, MINDSET Care Limited and Singapore Psychiatric Association. TAS 2019 is organised in support of Singapore’s national mental health anti-stigma campaign – Beyond the Label – which was launched in September 2018.
Together with a larger community network of social service organisations, the following agencies stand united against mental health discrimination, carrying out work in the areas of clinical treatment, integrated health and social care, mental health advocacy and promotion, and fund-raising, across Singapore.
The Institute of Mental Health (IMH), a member of the National Healthcare Group, is the only tertiary psychiatric care institution in Singapore. Located on the sprawling 23-hectare campus of Buangkok Green Medical Park in the north-eastern part of Singapore, IMH offers a multidisciplinary and comprehensive range of psychiatric, rehabilitative and therapy services in hospital-based and community-based settings. The 2010-bedded hospital aims to meet the needs of three groups of patients – children and adolescents (aged below 19 years), adults and the elderly. Besides providing clinical services, IMH also leads in mental health research and training the next generation of mental health professionals in Singapore.
The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) is the umbrella body for over 450 member social service organisations in Singapore. Its mission is to provide leadership and direction in enhancing the capabilities and capacity of our members, advocating for social service needs and strengthening strategic partnerships, for an effective social service ecosystem. Community Chest and Social Service Institute (SSI) are part of NCSS.
The Health Promotion Board (HPB) was established as a statutory board under the Ministry of Health, Singapore, in 2001 with the vision of building “A Nation of Healthy People”. HPB aims to empower the people of Singapore to attain optimal health, increase the quality and years of healthy life and prevent illness, disability and premature death. As the key agency overseeing national health promotion and disease prevention programmes, HPB spearheads health education, promotion and prevention programmes as well as creates a health-supportive environment in Singapore. It develops and organises relevant health promotion and disease prevention programmes, reaching out to the healthy, the at-risk and the unhealthy at all stages of life – children, youths, adults and older Singapore residents. Its health promotion programmes include nutrition, mental health, physical activity, smoking control and communicable disease education. HPB also promotes healthy ageing, integrated health screening, and chronic disease education and management.
The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) aims to create a vibrant care community enabling people to live well and age gracefully. AIC integrates care to support the needs of seniors as they grow old. We reach out to caregivers and seniors with information on staying active and ageing well, and connect people to services they need. We support partners in strengthening their capability to deliver quality care, and bring partners to work together to meet the needs of our ageing population. Our work in the community brings care services and information closer to those in need.
MINDSET Care Limited (“MINDSET”), a registered charity, has been established to make a difference in the area of mental health. It aims to change people’s attitudes by raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues, as well as providing direct assistance for individuals, families and organisations in need of help. MINDSET is a registered charity in Hong Kong established since 2002. Following on from the success of the Jardines Group’s MINDSET programme in Hong Kong, this social initiative was introduced in Singapore.
The Singapore Psychiatric Association (SPA) was formed in 1980 and ordinary members are psychiatrists. The SPA aims to maintain a high standard of practice in Psychiatry amongst members through education and research. Education and social events are held regularly for members. As a member society of the several international psychiatric organisations, the SPA networks local psychiatrists to overseas experts.
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 140, spanning 120 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.The Stigma Section of the WPA —through its network of international members–engages in activities designed to reduce stigma and discrimination because of mental disorders and improve social inclusion for people with mental illness and their families.
Beyond the Label was launched by the National Council of Social Service in September 2018 to spark reflection in individuals towards their existing attitudes and perceptions towards persons with mental health conditions, educate and equip the public with tips and knowledge to interact and support persons with mental health conditions and facilitate more conversations about mental health and stigma.