Self-Care is Essential!
The solitary, project-based nature of freelance work can feel both isolating and frustrating. It might not be easy to acknowledge these everyday challenges to our family, friends or even ourselves. Even if you might feel passionately about what you are doing, the multiple relationships and schedules to juggle, fluctuating income levels and the sense of needing to “go it alone”, can feel overwhelming at times. This can get in the way of our work itself, so self-care is an essential part of your creation process being sustainable.
Self-care can be as simple as dedicating time to go for a walk in nature, speaking to a friend, getting enough sleep or eating your meals regularly. Anxiety, stress and depression can happen to anyone, even in the best of times, and there are ways you can support yourself through it. If you feel that you might benefit from professional support, some useful contacts are shared below:
Professional Support and Crisis Helplines
Sexual Assault and Harassment
Women’s Helpline: 1800 777 5555
Association of Women for Action & Research
Block 5 Dover Crescent #01-22
Tel: +65 6779 7137
Fax: +65 6777 0318
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Assault Care Centre
Helpline: 6779 0282 (Gender Neutral)
Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)
24hr Helpline: 1800 221 4444
Write to befriender email@example.com.
If you or someone you
know is in immediate risk of harm, call 24-hour Emergency Medical Services at 995 or approach your nearest A&E.
Singapore Association For Mental Health (SAMH)
Toll-free Helpline: 1800 283 7019
Block 139 Potong Pasir Ave 3
#01-136 Singapore 350139
Tel: +65 6255 3222
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institute of Mental Health
24hr Helpline: 6389 2222
Buangkok Green Medical Park
10 Buangkok View
Tel: +65 6389 2000
Ask the Expert by the Institute of Mental Health
Specific concerns on psychological and behavioural issues can be addressed by experts via email to email@example.com; or you can find out more about common conditions like bipolar disorder, depression, self-harm
and anger management here.
CHAT – Community Health Assessment Team
A group of healthcare professionals dedicated to promoting awareness of mental illness, access to mental health resources and a free and confidential mental health check for those between 16 and 30 years old. CHAT’s physical hub is located at *SCAPE
#05-05 and is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12nn to 9pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays. To find out more, visit chat.mentalhealth.sg.
Community Wellness Clinic
This is a one-stop centre focusing on continuum care – from preventing mental illness to treatment to rehabilitation. There are two branches conveniently located at Geylang and Queenstown, each fully staffed with a multi-disciplinary group of specialists
from psychiatrists to psychologists, occupational therapists to counsellors, all providing comprehensive and integrated community care.
Community Wellness Clinic Geylang:
21 Geylang East Central, Singapore 389707
Community Wellness Clinic Queenstown:
580 Stirling Road, Level 4, Singapore 148958
Find out more about the Community Wellness Clinic here.