Ever experienced anxiety, depression or loneliness? According to a survey that is part of the Singapore Youth Epidemiology and Resilience Study involving 3,336 young people aged 11 to 18 here, one in three youth in Singapore has reported internalising mental health symptoms.
What’s more, a survey on mental health and wellness conducted by Rakuten Insight in Singapore in May 2022, also stated that 51% of the respondents indicated that they had a higher level of stress or anxiety in the past 12 months.
With that being said, it’s clear that many of us are still struggling with mental health issues, even after spending two years cooped up in our houses during the lockdown. Social media, for example, has an impact on how we live our lives. With many of us scrolling through our apps every day, it’s easy for us to be consumed and lose sight of what’s going on around us.
Eventually, we find ourselves spiralling down a supermassive black hole that we find hard to get out of. For instance, some of us get drawn into yet another opportunity for comparison to others that can feed our negative thoughts and worsen our depression. Failing to meet unrealistic expectations of others. And there are even those who experience burnout from working long hours and taking on more than they can handle on a regular basis.
Of course, staying mentally well should be given the same priority as keeping physically fit. However, most of these mental health triggers are often overlooked, mostly because we weren’t aware of them and their impact. Here’s we’ve rounded up some useful resources to help you better understand and manage your mental health.