22ND JULY 2018:
HEB HEALTH FAIR 2018
Club2Care conducted our very first mental health screening for the community on 22nd July 2018, as part of the Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) Health Fair 2018.
Our goal for this event was to pick up common mental health conditions among the Indian community, particularly depressive disorders. Although it isn't always clear why a person may be depressed, depression is a frequent but often-neglected comorbidity with chronic physical illnesses such as diabetes. Individuals with chronic illness have to cope with their diagnosis and its impact on daily life and normal functioning. Therefore, our goal fit well with the theme of the health fair (The Fight Against Diabetes) as part of holistic approach to health.
Our dedicated volunteer team for the event consisted of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. We focused primarily on administering the PHQ-9 questionnaire, a self-administered screening tool for depression. Screening for other mental health conditions was done if relevant for the client.
Before the event, we had developed a referral flow to direct clients to the right resources based on their PHQ-9 score (indicating severity of depression). Here is an outline:
Severe or suicide risk: Psychiatric consultants in our team took over and counselled the patient to seek immediate care.
Mild to moderate: Made referrals to our counsellors and/or support groups, due to start in August 2018.
None to mild: Gave general advice on stress management and lifestyle modifications to maintain good mental wellbeing.
Working tirelessly over a 5-hour period, our team screened a total of 115 people, of whom we identified 25 who require further intervention. Follow-up with these clients is ongoing.
As many participants had misconceptions about mental health (in particular the elderly population), this event was a perfect opportunity to both educate and help the community. We saw firsthand how Club2Care can fill a gap in healthcare for the Indian population, and it is encouraging to know that we are moving in the right direction.
To end off this recap, here is a picture of some of the team speaking with Ms Indranee Rajah, the Guest-of-Honour for the event:
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Working to meet the mental health needs of the Indian community isn’t something any one individual or organisation can do alone. We are grateful and privileged to have strong partnerships with various organisations and our own team of dedicated volunteers. If you’d like to get involved with Club2Care, please drop us an email at email@example.com.