Singapore government sets up taskforce to tackle migrant workers’ mental health care
A government task force has been set up to enhance mental health care support for migrant workers in Singapore, according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
Named “Project Dawn”, it comprises representatives from MOM, government psychologists, the Institute of Mental Health, the Migrant Workers’ Centre and HealthServe.
The taskforce has outlined a strategy that will be implemented in three overlapping phases over the next two years.
In Phase 1, it will raise awareness and support good mental health practices such as allowing activities that ensure social well-being, which includes excursions with managed itineraries to places like parks. From next year, there will also be a ‘settling-in’ programme that includes mental health education for migrant workers who are new to Singapore.
In Phase 2, efforts will be geared towards improving migrant workers’ access to mental health services. Frontline officers, dormitory operators, employers and NGOs will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to better detect at-risk workers early and refer them to appropriate care.
In Phase 3, it will enhance integration and support in the community so that discharged migrant workers continue to receive care and support in their recovery. Case management at the community level will be a focus.