Singapore firms urged to train mental health "first responders"

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower is calling on companies to adopt mental wellbeing initiatives to build resilience across their workforces.

Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng says the provision of mental wellbeing training, can help to build "mental health first responders" who can spot signs of mental distress and common mental health conditions in their colleagues.


Speaking in Parliament, Tan said trained first responders also provide initial support to their co-workers, and can subsequently guide a person in distress to seek relevant professional help.


The ministry does not set specific targets on the number of workers who should be trained as mental health first responders, but around 60 participants have attended Government-sponsored mental health first responder courses since January this year.


"We will continue to promote the adoption of this course, especially with the easing of Covid-19 measures in the year ahead," Tan said.

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