The survey found that Singaporeans are more aware of family relationships

A Singaporean family of four spending time together at their home.

Singaporeans have become more family-oriented and aware of their personal relationships with their families and loved ones as a result of the pandemic, according to a survey by Blackbox Singapore and FWD Insurance. (Photo: Getty Images)

A survey showed that Singaporeans have become more family-oriented and aware of their personal relationships with their families and loved ones as a result of the pandemic.

at recent days Exploratory study conducted by Blackbox Singapore In partnership with FWD insuranceSixty per cent of Singaporeans said paying attention to their personal relationships with their family and loved ones is one of the good changes brought about by the pandemic.

Graph showing the percentage of Singaporean households who are aware of their personal relationships with family and loved ones.  11% for good, 49% for mostly good, 33% for neutral, 6% for bad and 1% for just bad.

Graph showing the percentage of Singaporean households who are aware of their personal relationships with family and loved ones. 11% for good, 49% for mostly good, 33% for neutral, 6% for bad and 1% for just bad.

The study focused on global insights into Psychological health And it was conducted in 16 markets in Europe, America, Australia and Asia, including Singapore and Malaysia.

While the study highlights the positive family outcome for Singapore, it may not be the same for its neighbours.

Asians and family responsibilities

When asked about stressors affecting mental health, Asians cited increased family responsibilities and work stress as two of their biggest stressors.

Meanwhile, Westerners said they were more worried about rising inflation and savings.

In addition, Asians are more concerned about the future of their families than Westerners, with 27 percent of Asians citing it as stressor for them compared to 21 percent of people from the West.

There is a chart highlighting Asians' anxiety about increasing family responsibilities, heavy workload and stressful work.

There is a chart highlighting Asians’ anxiety about increasing family responsibilities, heavy workload and stressful work.

In Singapore, however, the latter The Singapore Longitudinal Early Development Study It found that 41 percent of families said the pandemic had improved relationships between family members, and that 71 percent of respondents had spent more time together.

The study was supported by the Social Science Research Council and directed by Professor Jan Young, Founding Director of the Center for Family and Population Research at the National University of Singapore.

prevalence of mental health

According to the Blackbox-FWD survey, 65 percent of respondents in Asia believe that mental health issues will be one of the most important issues in 2023. In Southeast Asia alone, One in seven peopleor approximately 14 percent, have a mental health condition.

Infographic highlighting 65% of Asians believe mental health will become more important within a year.

Infographic highlighting 65% of Asians believe mental health will become more important within a year.

In the latest Singapore Mental Health Study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), the number of people with mental disorders who do not seek help remains high due to various barriers and treatment gaps.

Challenges in asking for help

In a Blackbox survey, the cost of mental health treatment remains the largest factor globally (41%) and in Asia (40%).

Other barriers to seeking treatment for mental health challenges in Asia include the following internal and external factors:

  • Difficulty speaking to anyone (34%)

  • Not wanting to know anyone else (21%)

  • Asking for help is uncomfortable (28%)

  • Not knowing where to find practitioners (25%)

  • Not understanding mental health challenges enough (16%)

The chart highlighting the cost of treatment and the difficulty of talking to anyone about their mental problem are major factors preventing them from seeking help.

The chart highlighting the cost of treatment and the difficulty of talking to anyone about their mental problem are major factors preventing them from seeking help.

The survey also said that Asians tend to prefer the self-help route while Westerners feel more comfortable discussing mental health concerns openly.

Insurance options for mental health concerns

With treatment costs becoming a major barrier to seeking help, having insurance that covers mental health treatments can be a huge help as 76 percent in Asia still want to explore insurance options for mental health concerns according to the Blackbox-FWD survey.

According to the report, FWD Insurance is creating suitable insurance products and awareness of its offerings through targeted campaigns as well.

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