Caring for someone with developmental disabilities can be challenging for families and friends. Caregivers are concerned about their loved ones but often find themselves frustrated, helpless or fearful due to their lack of knowledge and skills to manage their loved ones’ symptoms and behaviours. Research has shown that caregivers are able to better cope with their caregiving role when provided with appropriate support.
Since August 2017, the IMH Medical Social Work department has been collaborating with doctors, pharmacists and occupational therapists to conduct monthly Caregiver Roadshows in IMH as an initiative to reach out to caregivers of persons with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, community partners and members of the public. The multi-disciplinary mental healthcare professionals aim to unravel mental illness and developmental disabilities, through explanations of available treatments and therapies, and psychiatric medications and their side effects. Information on community resources and practical tips for caregiver coping will also be provided.
Registration can be done through the following methods:
1) Call the MSW Department at 6389 2057 / 6389 2059
2) Email MSW_Caregiver@imh.com.sg