About PSALT Care
PSALT Care Overview
PSALT Care Ltd (pronounced as ‘Salt-care’), is a charity organisation set up to support and sustain persons with diagnosed mental health and addiction challenges, whom we refer to as ‘clients’, in their recovery journey. It is a fundamental belief in PSALT Care that recovery is possible. Recovery involves supporting clients, as they continue with the medication prescribed by their doctors, through modalities such as psychotherapy, mental health education and group support sessions.
PSALT Care endeavours to support its clients by means of organising peer-led support group meetings which are facilitated by formally trained, volunteer Peer Support Specialists. These small group sessions, each comprising between 12-16 clients, meet regularly to briefly discuss a mental health topic and encourage one another in their recovery journey. Speaking with empathy from their own lived experiences, the peers and their facilitator share a common bond and sphere of encouragement that non-peers may not fully appreciate.
PSALT Care is recognised by the National Council of Social Services(“NCSS”) as a full member since 1 April 2014. It is also affiliated to the US-based Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (“DBSA”) and operates as its recognised Singapore chapter. A large pool of active volunteers do most of the work, supported by a small team of administrative staff.
PSALT Care has established a dual-purpose centre, Betsy’s PLACE (Peer Life Activity Centre for Empowerment), as an engaging hub where peers’ needs can be met with a 2-pronged approach in recovery.
1. An Activity Hub to provide support and build skills to aid peers in recovery and integration to society
- Build skills that support recovery and reintegration to society.
- Provide social support to peers.
- Provide professional support to peers.
2. Short-term residential respite haven for peers facing stressful life events without family support
- A safe place of respite for peers in times of need.
- Increased professional support focused on crisis resolution and family work.
- Daily recovery-oriented activities – peer support groups, life skills training, and recovery experiences.
Address: 38 Jalan Lepas Singapore 537962
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Our Mission To enhance and sustain the well-being of persons facing emotional, mental health and addiction issues. Our Vision To be effective in providing and advocating a wide selection of holistic education and support resources for emotional, mental health and addiction issues. Our Values
- Client-centric service – putting the needs of the clients first would be a key service principle.
- Visionary leadership – introducing new modalities, concepts, therapies and offerings for mental health recovery.
- Care responsibility – exercising utmost carefulness in the execution of tasks.
- Professionalism – competently delivering on the expected service, ensuring staff and volunteers are adequately trained.
Our Board Of Directors
Eric Lee Meng Kai Chairman: Eric spent over 30 years at IBM Corporation, of which more than half was served in the public, healthcare and life sciences sectors, both on a local and Asia-Pacific level. In his role in promoting advanced medical information systems, Eric was exposed to systems in advanced countries which are decades ahead of local systems. He has recognised that this gap also extends into the area of mental wellness and recovery. His passion is to improve, in even a small way, the experience and effectiveness of mental wellness recovery by introducing proven concepts and approaches not yet prevalent in Singapore.
Dr Munidasa Winslow, MBBS, M Med (Psych), FAMS, Director: Dr Winslow is a leading figure in the local mental health scene. He has worked in general psychiatry and addiction medicine since 1988. He was one of the pioneers responsible for the setting up and development of addiction services both in the hospital and in the community. Dr Winslow is a sought-after speaker at addiction and mental health conferences around the region.
Mdm Lim Choon Hui, Certified Accountant, Treasurer: Mdm Lim is a duly qualified and highly experienced finance professional with many years of cross industry experience, handling accounting and finance matters in government agencies, charitable organisations and private sector firms, both large and small.
Mrs Stephanie Tang, FCMA, CIMA UK, Head, Audit Committee: Stephanie is a competent senior manager and qualified finance professional with a strong sense of integrity and corporate governance. She has served in senior management roles with several large MNCs with extensive experience across various industries and geographical locations. At the same time, she retains a strong desire to contribute positively towards the less-well-served needs of the community, guided by a deep sense of ethical values, compassion and patience.
Mr Jackie Tay, MBA, Executive Director: Mr Tay is an experienced and effective professional manager with a broad spectrum of senior management experience across different industries, including MNCs, SMEs, charitable and sports organisations; and functional expertise in finance, administration and marketing roles.
Ms Tanya Maitland, Director: Tanya is a trained counsellor and social worker, with over a decade’s experience in the mental health and addiction sector. She is passionate about mental health and believes that recovery is possible.
In her professional experience, Tanya has set-up and headed social service and aftercare & family service departments, served as Director for Psychology, Addictions and Counselling Training, and led the first Mental Health Services team at the National Council of Social Service.
She is currently the Director, Social Services for PSALT Care, and also serves on the Board of the Society Against Family Violence.
Tanya was a recipient of the Lien Foundation Scholarship for Social Service Leaders.
Pscaltcare Committee Membership
· Eric Lee Meng Kai · Dr Munidasa Winslow · Jackie Tay
Programme & Services Committee
· Tanya Maitland · Amita Schmith · Jesudas Soundraj · Rosalind Pek · Chris Tan · Deborah Seah
PR & Communications Committee
· Jackie Tay · Charmaine Wee
· Lim Choon Hui · Stephanie Tang
Psaltcare – Funded by Donations
Psaltcare is able to provide the majority of it services free of charge or at very low cost as a result of the very generous funding that we receive from personal or corporate donors. If you would like to help us continue to expand our work and reach more and more people each year we would like to hear from you. If you want to donate your time, we would also like to hear from you. Corporate Donors should contact Jackie Tay ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further information on providing corporate donations to Psaltcare.
Our Partners and Affiliations
Psaltcare does not operate alone and we are proud to work with a number of organisations to ensure the quality and sustainability of our work. If you are interested in becoming a partner of Psaltcare to help us develop our services and reach more people we would like to hear from you.
Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but A DBSA support group can help you connect with others who have been there as well.
What Makes DBSA Unique
- Peer-led: More than half of the DBSA staff and board members live with a mood disorder and all DBSA support groups are facilitated by peers.
- Targeted: DBSA focuses solely on depression & bipolar disorder.
- Nationally recognized: DBSA is nationally recognized for our Peer Specialist training services, our mental health advocacy work, our expansive peer support network, and as an expert on the subject of mood disorders.
- Innovative: DBSA provides leading-edge, interactive online resources.
- Wellness-centered: DBSA informs, empowers, supports, and inspires individuals to achieve the lives they want to lead.