Save Your Sanity and Wallet With These Free Mental Health Resources

By Sophia - 15 October 2020
3 mins read

Much as we hate to admit it, the state of our mental health system is still far from perfect. This means that mental health services like therapy or counselling still won’t come cheap — and even if they are, acquiring a suitable therapist or counsellor (and they are not one and the same!) is still a tall order.

For those of us who don’t have the luxury of dropping a few hundred dollars per session, whether with a therapist, counsellor, or psychiatrist, fret not. We’ve compiled a list of free mental health resources for you to utilise.

What’s In a Name? Counselling vs Therapy

But before we dive right into the where and how, it’s important that we’re able to distinguish between these terms: counselling and therapy. They’re often used interchangeably but don’t actually mean the same thing.

Counselling typically deals with a currently ongoing problem or issue, and counsellors focus on solutions in the short-term to tackle it. A counsellor is not primarily tasked to create a psychological sketch of you who are, but to help you overcome whatever difficulty you’re facing at present.

Therapy, on the other hand, is a process carried over the medium- to long-term and may be more suited for interrogating deep-seated issues, personal history, and trauma. Where counselling helps you overcome a current problem, therapy sets you on a journey of constant self-knowledge and self-management.

Free Resources for Counselling in Singapore

Here’s a list of places to go for free (or reasonably affordable) counselling:

  • Family Life Society (FLS), a non-religious not-for-profit organisation that offers counselling to people regardless of race and religion, with a focus on family and parenting issues.
  • Most churches in Singapore offer free counselling, and some may even offer non-religious counselling, such as Wesley Methodist Church

Counselling helplines are toll-free, and are particularly suitable for those who don’t want to commit to in-person, face-to-face sessions. Note that it’s possible to enquire about therapy or psychiatry as well and be pointed in the right direction via these helplines.

OrganisationHelpline / Contact InfoArea of Focus
AWARE1800-774 5935Women
Oogachaga  LGBTQ+ individuals
Care Corner Counselling Centre1800-353 5800Mandarin counselling helpline
Association of Muslim Professionals(AMP)6416 3960Marital/family/financial issues
Fei Yue eCounselling Centre[email protected]Youths
Samaritans of Singapore 1800-221 4444
(24 hours)
Suicide prevention
National Addictions Management Service6732 6837All kinds of addiction
Singapore Association for Mental Health1800-283 7019Helpline for all mental health needs
Eagles Mediation and Counselling Centre6788 8220Mental health issues
Tinkle Friend (Singapore Children’s Society)1800-274 4788
(Mon – Fri, 2.30pm – 5pm)
Primary school children

Are There Free Mental Health Resources for Therapy?

Pro bono therapy services appear to be few and far between for the moment, but here are some free mental health services that offer assessment for those who are still on the fence, or unsure of what they’re going through. 

Post-assessment, you may get a referral to a therapist and a chance to discuss your financial needs in depth before being recommended to a professional.

CHAT (for youths aged 16-30)
Silver Ribbon6385 3714

This resource list is certainly not exhaustive; if there are places we’ve missed out on, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know!

The most important thing at the end of the day is our mental health. These resources may not be absolute — and we’d like to highlight that they’re not always a guaranteed 100% fit for every person — but it’s a good place to start seeking out help if we need it. Remember: you’re not alone!

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