Mental Health – a topic with so much stigma surrounding it, a topic taboo in conversation; yet a topic so important. In the same way we go to extreme measures to take care of our physical health, the same care should be shown to our mental health.
The Singapore Mental Health Study 2016 reported that the majority of people with a mental disorder did not seek any professional help, with the reasons largely attributed “to inability to recognise the symptoms of a mental illness, and concerns regarding the stigma associated with mental illnesses.”
Through films, panel discussions and workshops, Singapore Mental Health Film Festival wants to increase awareness among Singaporeans on the complexity of mental illnesses. We believe that there is an urgent need for an accessible, inclusive event such as the Festival. The support that we have received has been more than we could have imagined. We want to continue challenging this deeply ingrained social stigma, and hopefully enable generations after us to live in a safe, supportive Singapore.