The stigma surrounding mental health has been especially prevalent among Asian communities, where conversations are typically not approached and are considered taboo. In a 2020 study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health, some of the causes of stigma were identified as negative portrayals in the media, a lack of understanding, as well as cultural influences.
With the onset of COVID-19, many experienced unforeseen challenges that have gradually led to a better understanding and awareness of mental health in Singapore. During this time, Samaritans of Singapore noted an uptake in calls to their support hotline, with many seeking help for issues stemming from unemployment and isolation.
In light of this, Circus Social wanted to uncover online conversations and sentiments around mental wellbeing in Singapore. Using 20/Twenty, our social listening and monitoring solution, we analysed social media conversations to answer the following questions:
- What types of mental health issues are discussed on social media?
- Where are conversations about mental wellbeing typically discussed?
- What do people identify as the key factors and triggers of their issues?
- How different are the issues discussed by men and women?
Check out the infographic below to learn about the key findings from Circus Social’s newest report: Uncovering Mental Health In Singapore.
If you or someone you know needs support, here are a few helplines that you may reach out to:
Samaritans of Singapore: 1800 221 444
Institute of Mental Health: 6389 2222
Singapore Association of Mental Health: 6389 2222
For a more extensive list of helplines, please visit https://www.gov.sg/article/call-these-helplines-if-you-need-emotional-or-psychological-support