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SINGAPORE: Patients with mental illnesses living in Yishun can now recuperate at a new rehabilitation centre in their community.
The Community Rehabilitation and Support Service (CRSS) (Yishun) centre was officially opened by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam on Friday.
The centre focuses on the reintegration of patients into their vicinity.
Since it started operating at the start of 2012, the centre has been helping some 165 patients with mental illnesses.
Mr Shanmugam, who is also a member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, lauded the Singapore Anglican Community Services for setting up the centre.
"I know the level at which services are provided in Singapore: the huge gulf or deficit in quality services available and the lack of trained people and the huge reluctance among people to acknowledge that they need such help," he said.
"We have a long way to go in many of these areas."
The centre also has a clubhouse for recreation and counselling.
"For people recovering from mental illness, recovering in the community is probably the best way in their journey towards recovery," said Mr Keith Chua, the vice president of Singapore Anglican Community Services.
"So, what we are doing at CRSS is assisting one of the support structures that would facilitate someone recovering from mental illness to do so in the community environment, because the community is where everyone of us belongs, not in institutions."
This is the third CRSS centre managed by the Singapore Anglican Community Services.
The first centre is located in Bukit Batok and the second in Pasir Ris.
Singapore Anglican Community Services aims to serve 700 clients this year.