Peer Support


Adopting the model developed by New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research and West Institute in USA, the Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) programme consists of a series of nine weekly sessions to help people who have experienced psychiatric symptoms to develop personalised strategies for managing their mental illness and moving forward in their lives.

Topics for IMR Programme

  1. Recovery strategies
  2. Practical facts about schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder
  3. The stress-vulnerability model and treatment strategies
  4. Building social support
  5. Using medication effectively
  6. Reducing relapses
  7. Coping with stress
  8. Coping with mental problems and symptoms
  9. Getting your needs met in the mental health system

Programme Schedule

The IMR programme is conducted four times a year. For each run, the nine topics are covered over a span of three months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder and in stabilised condition
  • Able to attend all nine sessions

How do I join the IMR?

To join, please click here.
To see the schedule, please click here.


The Peer Support Groups (PSG) are self-help groups for people who are recovering or have recovered from mental health problems to get together as a group for information and sharing of experiences, to obtain social and emotional support and to learn from one another.

Who can join?

Persons who have suffered from:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders

and are currently in stable condition and have accepted the illness.

How is the PSG run?

SAMH runs two Peer Support Groups:

  1. Sunshinepath – A Support Group for Depression (include Bipolar Disorder) and Anxiety
    Date and time: The first Monday of every month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    Location: Members will be informed of the location via mass email prior to each session
  2. Mental Health Interactive Group for Schizophrenia
    Date and time: Fortnightly on the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 2pm to 3.30pm
    Location: Social Services Hub@Tiong Bahru
    298 Tiong Bahru Road
    Level 10, Central Plaza
    Singapore 168730 Or unless otherwise stated

Who conducts the PSG sessions?

The Peer Support Groups are facilitated by both staff and trained peer volunteers who are in recovery. Both groups use English as the main language medium but translation by peer volunteers are provided for members who are Mandarin speaking.

Are there any requirements of PSG members?

As the PSG is a support group for people going through the challenges of mental health problems, we strive to make the support group a safe and therapeutic avenue for members to be able to relate their experiences. Therefore all members are expected to maintain confidentiality at all times.

Are there any fees involved?

  1. Sunshinepath
    You only need to pay a one-time registration fee of $10 to join the group.
  2. Mental Health Interactive Group for Schizophrenia
    MHIG is tied to Club 3R and participants will need to join Club 3R to attend the support group. There is an annual fee of $5. To find out more about Club 3R, please click here.

How do I join the PSG?

To join, please click here.

For enquiries on general mental health matters, please call our toll-free Helpline 1800 283 7019 (9am to 1pm, 2pm to 6pm, weekdays, except public holidays) or email counselling@samhealth.org.sg