Supporting People with Depression, Anxiety and Stress : Using a ​Family-Based Approach

What do you do when someone confides in you that he / she is highly stressed, or when you observed that he/ she tends to isolate himself/ herself from others? How can you help someone who experiences panic attacks before some major events?


Lim Eng Choon

Current Status
Not Enrolled
SGD 580.00
Get Started

What do you do when someone confides in you that he/ she is highly stressed, or when you observed that he/ she tends to isolate himself/ herself from others? How can you help someone who experiences panic attacks before some major events?

A person with mental health issues does not exist in a vacuum. Most of the time, the rest of the family go through much stress, trying to care for the affected person. Research has shown that individuals with strong family support have higher success rate of recovery in mental illness.

In this workshop, you will learn about the different types of anxiety and depression and gain a comprehensive understanding of the signs and symptoms of these mental health conditions. The possible contributing factors and effects of these conditions will also be discussed.

Using a family-centered approach, participants will be introduced to a different lens of looking at mental illness, understand how family dynamics, beliefs, family scripts and narratives influence mental health and individual functioning.

From understanding and insight to support and intervention, participants will also learn strategies to help not only the affected PERSON but also to support the FAMILY.

Participants are welcome to discuss complex cases they have encountered. This practical workshop is conducted in a multi-modal format including immersive and experiential training via role-play, case studies, peer activities and observation in addition to training teaching strategies. 

Target Audience
This course is suitable for participants who do not have a psychological background but wish to be understand more about depression, anxiety and stress, and to help others appropriately. 

7 hours

Workshop Topics

Overview of Depression, Anxiety and Stress

  • Introduction and statistics
  • Types of anxiety and depression disorder
    • ​Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • Panic disorder
    • Social anxiety disorder
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Separation anxiety disorder
    • Phobias
    • Major depression disorder
    • Bipolar disorder
  • How these mental health conditions present themselves

Activities: Group discussions + videos

Contributing Factors and Effects of Depression, Anxiety and Stress

  • Effects on self (emotional & psychological, work, studies, relationships, functionality, activities of daily living etc)
  • Effects on family (family relationships, caregiver’s stress, tension at home, guilt, emotional effects like guilt & shame etc)
  • Risk and Protective factors
  • Suicide risk assessment 

Activities: Case Studies

Using a family-centred approach as the lens to see and support those with mental illness

  • Adopting a systemic view of mental illness
  • How the family-based approach can help you see and support those with mental illness
  • Using the family genogram to understand family dynamics, resilience and resources
  • Understand how beliefs, family scripts and narratives surrounding mental illness affect individual and family functioning
  • Interventions to support the individual
    • Interventions to increase family functioning and reduce family stresses 
    • Other strategies 
  • When to refer for specialised intervention & psychiatric assessment

Activities: Role play, Video discussion and Case Studies

About the Trainer

Lim Eng Choon
Ms Lim Eng Choon holds a Master degree in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. Eng Choon began her career as an MOE-trained school teacher in a secondary school. She left MOE to spend a year helping families in Hyderabad, India Upon returning to Singapore, Eng Choon worked as a rehabilitation counsellor in a mental health institution before working as a social worker in a family service centre. Her experience was further enriched when she worked in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for almost a decade as a Senior Medical Social Worker and Family Therapist. She supported patients with a variety of mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorder. Currently, Eng Choon run her own private practice. Eng Choon is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and a qualified practitioner for the management of family violence cases (Mandatory Counselling Program).

Available Funding

Normal Fees: S$580
SkillsFuture Credit: Can be used to pay course fee fully or partially
NTUC UTAP: NTUC union members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above)
NCSS VCF Pre- Approval Funding: $240
​​Schools & Ministries: e-invoicing via