Your Excellency, President Tony Tan,
Letter to TNP: Respite care and support vital for caregivers to better manage the mentally ill
Caregiving, especially for the mentally ill is an extremely demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone. This is why it is crucial to have a good supporting system in place. Caregivers also need respite care otherwise they become vulnerable into falling into depression and endangering their own health. Respite care provides short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life. But it is really a sad state of affairs that we don’t have all these in place in our mental health programmes.
In the recent National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted hope, heart and home as the way forward to build a better Singapore.
So let’s have a heart and put in place concrete measures to support the mentally ill and their caregivers so that they can cling onto hope and be proud to call Singapore our home.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO
I would like to hear from you, President Tony Tan or your ministry officials.
Thank you for your time and for caring.
Raymond Anthony FernandoP.S: For a true account of what my wife and I have gone through for 37 years, click onto this link to view the local TV show in which we appeared on the 19th July 2012.