Mental Health Resources for Parents/Caregivers


Mental health of young people is a key concern for Singapore with recent events throwing a spotlight on it. For this #SaturdayGoodRead, EAST News reproduces a set of resources originally compiled for parents of youths at Grace Baptist Church (GBC). We thank Ms Hannah Yeo of the GBC Youth Ministry for graciously allowing us to do so. May it be a timely and useful resource for parents or caregivers to engage in ongoing conversations with their teenagers, not only for those who have signs of mental health challenges.

According to the Straits Times, “more than half of the young people polled by the National Youth Council [NYC] in the second half of 2020 said that mental well-being was a challenge for them, with some citing anxiety over the future, stress over finances, and worries about academic or work performance.” Even before the onset of COVID-19, mental health for youths was an issue flagged by NYC (see its April 2019 issue of Y+).

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Like Father, Like Son

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“Like father, like son!” speaks of both the DNA and an environment for growth. May the new nature we have in Christ, sacrificially given by our Heavenly Father, be nurtured through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and fellow saints in molding us to be more like Him!

𝗕𝗟𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗘𝗗 𝗙𝗔𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥❜𝗦 𝗗𝗔𝗬 ❞𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲; 𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗳𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗶𝗺.❞ ~ 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗯𝘀 𝟮𝟯:𝟮𝟰, 𝗘𝗦𝗩


Sacred Parenting with EAST PIM

The EAST Partners in Ministry (PIM) program is designed for wives of seminary students, or whose husbands are ministers or in vocational Christian ministry. PIM seeks to develop wives as they grow in partnership with their husbands and in their own circle of influence.

The above photo is the PIM group who went through the fruitful 6-week course on “Sacred Parenting” with resources from Gary Thomas. The PIM ladies are so blessed by the biblically-based material and group interactions. They learnt how God uses the challenges and struggles in parenting as God’s spiritual formation curriculum to shape each parent to be more like the Heavenly Father.

As believers, there will never a time when our journey towards holiness is done–even or especially as parents. Gary Thomas said, “Parenting puts the spotlight on our weaknesses … We can choose to let sin tear apart our families, or we can use our families to tear apart our sin.”

Photo courtesy of Josephine Lam. A portion of text originated from Josephine Lam and Margaret Chan.