Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Tour
The NTU Psychology Society partners with the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore, to conduct tours of the IMH facilities as well as a brief overview of mental healthcare in Singapore. These tours are conducted as an optional part of the HP207/HP2700 Abnormal Psychology Course, and students taking this course are highly encouraged to attend it. Other interested participants are also welcome to join us.
2017 IMH Visit (9 May 2017)
NTU Psychology Society recently organized a visit to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) which includes a tour and career talk on Tuesday, 09 May 2017, commencing at 1430 at the Institute of Mental Health, and ending at 1700. A maximum number of 45 was imposed on the size of the group. While registration for the visit was maxed out at 45, 10 students were unable to make it on the actual day, resulting in an attendance of 35 students. Perhaps more reminders could be given to reduce the attrition rate in future events.
The Society provided two-way bus transport between Serangoon MRT and IMH. At IMH, the students were led to a meeting room by Ms Sum Foong Yee, the Assistant Manager of the Corporate Communications Department. The visit started with an opening talk given by Ms Sum on the overview of the facilities in IMH. She also talked about the myths regarding patients suffering from mental illnesses and shone light on the mental health scene in Singapore by sharing statistics from various relevant studies carried out in Singapore.
Mr Chin Meng, a Clinical Psychologist from the Psychology Department of IMH, gave a sharing session with regards to his job. He introduced the main clinical duties of a clinical psychologist working at IMH as well as some of the challenges he has faced at work. He also mentioned the expectations of a clinical psychologist working in IMH and shared more about his typical week at work. After the sharing session by Mr Chin Meng, a short break was given to the students. Light refreshments which included drinks and steamed buns were provided for them to enjoy.
Thereafter, another speaker, Mr Raymond, a mental health advocate, shared about his story as a caregiver for his late wife who suffered from depression and schizophrenia. It was truly an inspirational session as he shared many relevant quotes and key experiences depicting his difficult journey as a caregiver. Some of the challenges he faced include stressors that has led to suicide ideation and even action taken towards it. It was interesting to learn how he overcame these challenges and never gave up on providing tender loving care for his late wife.
The students were then split into two groups and were brought around IMH through a guided tour. They were introduced to an outpatient clinic, Clinic B, and the Bislink Café, which was run by patients as a form of vocational training. Afterwards, the students were brought to the OcTAVE (Occupational Therapy Workshop). The workshop prepares suitable patients by developing their skills so that they can find jobs once they have completed their treatment. The students had the opportunity to appreciate the handicrafts of these patients which was displayed in one of the art workshops.
In addition, the students were brought to the wards under the Stepping Stones service and were guided around by Mr Mo, who is part of their multidisciplinary team. Stepping Stones is an inpatient psychiatric rehabilitation service that runs a comprehensive 8 week programme to equip patients with the knowledge, skills and support to aid them in their recovery. He explained the daily routine of the patients under the programme which included core modules such as medication management, symptom management and basic conversational skills.
The students were also brought to the Woodbridge museum which showcased the history and progression of how IMH came to be. The museum also displays various artifacts and post-mortem instruments used during the Japanese Occupation.
Following the tour, Ms Sum gave a brief debrief and gave out their feedback forms to the participants to fill. This marks the official end of our visit and the students were led back to the main lobby of the institute for a group photo to be taken before boarding the bus back to Serangoon MRT.
2014 IMH Visit (6 March 2014)
First IMH Visit & Educational Tour (11 March 2013)
Our first IMH Visit was held on the 11th of March, 2013
(Source: IMH website)
The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is a 2,000-bed acute tertiary psychiatric hospital situated on a 25-hectare campus at Buangkok Green Medical Park. Set amidst serene surroundings, IMH offers a comprehensive range of psychiatric, rehabilitative and counselling services for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
IMH’s tradition of care started in 1928. IMH was the first mental hospital in Singapore, starting with some 1,000 patients. Since then, many advances have been made in treatment, training, and research. IMH’s treatment integrates evidence-based therapies, supported by the departments of clinical psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, and medical social work, to provide holistic care for our patients. IMH is equipped with modern facilities, with 50 wards for inpatients and seven Specialist Outpatient Clinics.
IMH was the first mental health institution in Asia to receive the Joint Commission International Accreditation in 2005, a highly coveted international accreditation for healthcare organisations.
Over the years, IMH has gained a reputation for quality research. In 2008, the Ministry of Health, Singapore, entrusted IMH with a S$25 million research grant to implement translational and clinical research into the causes of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.
IMH also plays a key role in training the next generation of mental health professionals in Singapore. IMH trains psychiatrists and mental health professionals through the NHG-AHPL Residency Programme for psychiatry and through collaborations with the local tertiary institutions.