We may think we are helping the mentally ill by allowing them their independence, but we are in fact doing them a great disservice by not giving them the care and help they so desperately need.
Generally, there is a lack of education among Asians on mental illness and most of them will not admit that they are afflicted with the illness. This unwillingness to be associated with mental illness is perhaps, understandable given that there is so much social stigma within the community towards mental illness. This is why public education must be on-going and be kept sustainable.
If the mentally ill and their caregivers are left to fend for themselves, are we really, one people, one Singapore, one nation?
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO