Responding to MP Melvin Yong's query on support for workers suffering from workplace-related mental health issues, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Zaqy Mohamad, clarified that the Tripartite Advisory on Mental Health to benefit employers and employees alike will be published in the fourth quarter of this year.
Minister Zaqy shared that the Advisory is currently undergoing consultation with employers, unions, mental health professionals and civil society groups.
In the meantime, the Inter-Agency Advisory on supporting mental well-being of workers under COVID-19 work arrangements that was published in April serves as a useful reference. It has a list of external resources that employers can consider engaging to provide support for their workers’ mental health.
The Minister also urged employers to initiate support for their workers. "For instance, supervisors can check-in regularly with their workers, talk to them to find out if they are facing any problems, and refer them to external help if needed."
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