25 Mar '11, 9pm

IMH partners GPs for patient care: The 53-year-old administrative officer has schizophrenia, a chronic mental il...

SINGAPORE - Every month for the past five years, Mr Chan (not his real name) has gone to a general practitioner (GP) in Bukit Gombak for his monthly appointments and medication. The 53-year-old administrative officer has schizophrenia, a chronic mental illness he has lived with for 26 years. But his employer does not know about his condition - and Mr Chan intends to keep it that way, "because society still doesn't accept us". The father of two teenagers is proud of the fact that despite having schizophrenia, he has supported his family without ever relying on government welfare. "Even though I have this sickness, I can be independent," he told MediaCorp over the phone. Since 2005, an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) partnership with GPs has helped stable patients keep up their regular visits to the doctor. Instead of going to the IMH in Buangkok for consultations, patients...

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