07 Feb '12, 5am

IMH launches assessment tool to study mental well-being

IMH launches assessment tool to study mental well-being

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has developed an assessment tool to measure the positive mental health of Singaporeans. -- ST PHOTO: FRANCIS ONG PG By Cheryl Ong The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has developed an assessment tool to measure the positive mental health of Singaporeans. The series of questions asks a person how they behave in times of stress or whether they have friends or family to turn to in times of trouble, to gauge how well they cope with problems and how happy they are. It is meant to raise awareness that mental health does not always have to be linked to mental illness. Said Associate Professor Chong Siow Ann, vice-chair of the medical board of research at IMH: 'Health is more than merely the absence of illness ... The implications of having a culturally appropriate instrument to measure positive mental health are widespread and are essential in...

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