Depression

A recent research article explained that suicide and heart attack were the top causes of deaths among 15- to 49-year-olds in Singapore last year, accounting for 337 lives. The study was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with other collaborative internationally. It would be worthy for counselling professionals in Singapore and Asia to investigate and find out more about the findings from this study to better understand what are the crucial mental health care needs that could be address further in their locality.

Clinical depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, often interferes with a person’s ability to experience or anticipate pleasure, and significantly interferes with functioning in daily life. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to significant impairment, other health-related issues, and in rare cases, suicide.
(Sources: National Institute of Mental Health and National Women’s Health Center.)