Singapore University of Social Sciences

Mental Health and Well-being in Singapore

Mental Health and Well-being in Singapore (PSY213)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Having good mental health is not just the absence of mental illness – we also need to consider higher levels of subjective well-being. This course equips students with a broad understanding of mental health and well-being in Singapore and provides the basic foundations for other courses in psychology. Students will learn about the mental health continuum and different types of mental health conditions, with a specific focus on the common conditions in Singapore. From the factors that influence mental well-being, students will learn about the various strategies to promote mental well-being and discuss the role of technology in mental health and well-being. As an applied course, students will learn simple strategies to identify mental health issues, understand the barriers to help-seeking behaviours, and learn how to reach out and interact with people with mental health conditions. In collaboration with the Growth Collective SG, students are then trained to become Growth Circle facilitators, to learn the basic competencies of facilitation such as rapport building, creating psychological safety, questioning and listening, empathy, and perspectives.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • The Mental Health Landscape in Singapore
  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • Factors Influencing Mental Health and Well-being
  • Biological Aspects of Mental Health and Well-being
  • Social Dimensions of Mental Health and Well-being
  • Strategies for Improved Mental Health and Well-being
  • Technology and Mental Health and Well-being
  • Identifying Mental Health Issues: Externalising Behaviours
  • Identifying Mental Health Issues: Internalising Behaviours
  • Barriers to Seeking Out Help for Mental Health Issues
  • Are You Okay?: Reaching Out and Interacting With Others
  • Promoting the Way Forward for Mental Health in Singapore

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the mental health continuum.
  • Identify the common mental health conditions in Singapore.
  • Describe the factors that influence mental health and well-being in the Singapore context.
  • Appraise how and why people seek help for mental health issues in Singapore.
  • Demonstrate basic competencies of group facilitation.
  • Practice the skills needed to interact with people with mental health conditions.
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