Singapore 26th February – Kaplan, one of Singapore’s largest Private Education Institutions, is conducting a course for beneficiaries of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to help them reintegrate into society.
The course, subsidised by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), is designed to raise the beneficiaries’ self-esteem and confidence and provide them with basic soft-skills training to help them fit back into society. Started in May 2012, the course is conducted for those beneficiaries who have recovered from a mental illness. Kaplan trainers have trained more than 40 beneficiaries from SAMH so far.
Said Mr Leon Choong, Executive Vice President: “As an educator, it is very rewarding to see how our programmes have helped SAMH beneficiaries gain confidence as they re-enter the workplace. This is a small way that we can make a difference to a group in society that still faces stigma and are marginalised.”
The two-day course by Kaplan is highly interactive and includes role-play. Said Kaplan trainer David Chiang: “I also engage them with games, rewards and humour. Overall, residents who have attended our training programme have responded positively.”
SAMH has facilities that simulate real-life settings in the community where residents undergoing training are placed in a working environment – such as working in a canteen or convenience store. In this way they engage with other residents and improve basic communication and service skills.
Said Mr James Wong, Associate Director for SAMH: “The Kaplan training course is in line with our mission. We want the public to have a better appreciation and understanding of persons with mental illness, as well as their journey to recovery.
“Our clients and beneficiaries need an opportunity to reintegrate into society, lead normal lives and be gainfully employed. We have a pool of people who are looking for employment opportunities after they have successfully recovered.”
The Kaplan course is in addition to rehabilitation programmes and activities conducted by SAMH. Among other things, the Association provides these important programmes and services:
- An Illness Management And Recovery Programme to help people with psychiatric problems
- A Family Link programme to educate and support family members of persons with mental illnesses
- Peer specialist and peer support groups. Peer specialists are persons in recovery who share their stories to inspire and instil hope.
- Central Singapore Club 3R, a drop-in centre providing recreation, relaxation and rehabilitation for those with mental illnesses
- Oasis Day Centre, a psycho-sociological rehabilitation programme
- An Activity Hub at Pelangi Village, a self-contained complex for rehabilitation of the mentally ill
- Youth Reach, a psychological rehabilitation programme for children and youth with mental health concerns
- Creative Hub, a place where the community can use art as therapy and learn other useful ways to cope and manage with daily stresses.
- Outreach Program to the public via Forums and Talks on Mental Well-being
- Mobile Mental Health Outreach Team, which aims to improve the affordability and mobility of healthcare services for the needy and disadvantaged
SAMH also provides skills training, English language classes, basic computer classes and social communications classes.
About Kaplan Singapore
Ranked as the number one Preferred Private Education Institution consecutively in 2012 and 2013 by JobsCentral, Kaplan Singapore has established itself as one of the most respected private education institutions in Southeast Asia. It provides top-rated diplomas, undergraduate and post graduate degrees, professional qualifications and English-language programme to students from more than 20 countries. Kaplan comprises three entities: Kaplan Higher Education Academy (KHEA), Kaplan Higher Education Institute (KHEI), and Kaplan Learning Institute (KLI). Kaplan Singapore is part of Kaplan Inc, a subsidiary and the largest division of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.sg.
About the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
Established in 1968, the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) is a voluntary welfare organisation with Institute of Public Character (IPC) status. All donations to SAMH are entitled to 2.5 times tax exemption. SAMH won the Singapore Charity Council’s inaugural Charity Governance Award 2012 for good governance and accountability.
SAMH’s vision is to promote Mental Wellness for All; its mission is to help improve the lives of, and promote acceptance and respect for persons with mental illness as well as improve mental resilience in our community.
SAMH provides support and after care for individuals and families with psychiatric, psychosocial and other social or relationship problems through our community-based mental health programmes and services.
Please visit our website www.samhealth.org.sg for more information.
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