Mental Health Support
Last updated: 04 August 2021
The information provided here is not meant for emergencies.
For emergencies, please call 999 for the police (or SMS 71999 if it is NOT SAFE to call ‘999’ or when you cannot speak).
If you or someone you know are feeling suicidal or are in need of urgent support, please contact the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) at 1-767 and stay on the phone until someone attends to you.
If urgent medical attention is needed, call 995 for the emergency ambulance service.
For a free mental health check
If you are between 16 and 30 years old (by birth year) and are currently living in Singapore, the easiest way to get connected with mental health support is to reach out to CHAT (the Community Health Assessment Team).
- CHAT offers a free mental health check , where you will be speaking to qualified mental health processionals about your mental health concerns. Based on your needs, they will then provide you with appropriate recommendations of professional help. You can request for a mental health check by making an appointment via an online form CHAT’s mental health professionals will then contact you via phone within 5 working days.
- Do note that CHAT is not a counselling or crisis service. However, they are able to recommend counselling services for your consideration.
For university students
If you are a student at one of the following universities, you can reach out to the respective service:
- NUS University Counselling Services
- Yale-NUS College Counselling Centre
- NTU University Counselling Centre
- SMU Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre
- SUTD Wellbeing Services
- SUSS C-three
- SIT Counselling Service or
- SIT Diversity and Inclusion offers safe conversations or emotional support. You can find them at the Student Life Office or email them DI@singaporetech.edu.sg
AWARE’s counselling services
AWARE provides counselling services for women above 21 years of age through their Women’s Care Centre.
The fee structure for a counselling session is as follows:
- If your monthly salary is $3,000 and above, the fee for each session is 2% of your salary (e.g. if you earn $4,000 per month, your charge will be $80 per session).
- If you are not working, or your monthly salary is below $3,000, you will be charged a flat fee of $35 per session.
Each counselling session is an hour long, by appointment only. Sessions are held at the AWARE Centre or over Zoom, Mon-Fri, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last appointment at 7 p.m.). All calls and cases are kept strictly confidential.
To make an appointment for a counselling session, contact the AWARE Women’s Helpline :
- Call 1800-777-5555 from Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For LGBTQ+ individuals
Oogachaga’s counselling services
Oogachaga is a community-based, non-profit professional organisation, working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer & gender-diverse (LGBTQ+) individuals, couples & families in Singapore.
They offer hotline & Whatsapp counselling services that provide a confidential, active listening ear and emotional support for people who would like to share about issues troubling them, such as sexuality, identity, relationships, mental health and sexual health. They also provide information on LGBTQ+ community resources and LGBTQ-affirming professional resources.
To get support:
- Call the hotline at 6226-2002 (Temporarily Suspended)
- Whatsapp 8592-0609 – text messages only (Tues to Thurs, 7pm to 10pm; Sat, 2pm to 5pm)
Oogachag also operates an email counselling service for those who prefer expressing themselves in writing.
All three counselling services are handled by specially-trained LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ-affirming volunteers.
The Brave Helpline is a text-based service that offers confidential information and support to women who identify as LBTQI. It is operated by Brave Spaces – a Singapore-based non-profit organisation that develops programmes, provides social services, organises events, and conducts research and advocacy to empower women in Singapore.
To get support:
- WhatsApp message 8788-8817 (Tues and Thurs, 6 to 9pm).
The helpline is staffed by well-trained women professionals and volunteers. For more information about the Brave Helpline, read their FAQ .
The T Project’s peer counselling services
The T Project is Singapore’s first and only social service for the transgender community.
They offer peer counselling services are conducted by trained social service professionals. Their peer counsellors have worked with youths and adults in a range of issues and have experience in the following:
- Sexual orientation and gender identity
- Relationships with family members and partners
- Personal issues, including coping with school, National Service and employment
- Other issues, including partner violence, bereavement and loss
Each session lasts 45 minutes or as recommended by the peer counsellor. Fees apply – the standard rate is $80, but you may request for a subsidised rate (subject to approval). To make an appointment, complete the ‘counselling form’ at the end of this page .
For sex workers or people engaged in sexualised labour
Project X provides para-counselling services, support groups, and case management (for both legal and non-legal courses of action).
- Call/text 9060-9906 (Available for calls, WhatsApp and text) and @projectx_sg (Telegram)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org