The Stress Wars: How Many Psychiatrists Does it Take to Raise a Child?
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a school health service was formed to look after the health and hygiene of school children. But nothing much was said of mental health in Singapore until the late 1960s. Through fun, whimsical illustrations, this graphic novel charts the growth and development of child mental health services that began with the setting up of the Child Guidance Clinic in 1970. Singapore, at that time, was just finding its feet in creating a fairer, more inclusive social milieu that took care of the rights of children and minorities.
How many psychiatrists does it take to raise a child? None – children are raised by parents. This book is also a parenting guide that gently guides families in learning to look after the mental health of every household member. From understanding difficult emotions and respectful communication skills to strategies for calming stress responses, this book invites us to create a kinder, more compassionate world for children and ultimately, raise human beings who are well-prepared for the journey of life.
Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and is a full-time father to five wonderful children. He is also a child psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health’s Child Guidance Clinic and Chairman of the Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Medicine in 1990 and obtained a Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry in 1996 and was awarded the Singapore Psychiatric Association Book prize. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin Medical School, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University.
He is currently the Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions and the Immediate Past President of the Asian Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.
Dr Fung has been involved with working with children who have been abused since the start of his career and is active with the Singapore Children’s Society where he received their Platinum Service Award in 2017. As a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for various studies involving innovative clinical interventions on disruptive behaviour disorders and anxiety disorders, his research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other funding agencies.
Dr Fung has been involved in over 10 national level funded research grants. He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed research papers (88), books (30) and book chapters (18). Dr Fung is also the programme director of REACH (Response, Early interventions and Assessment in Community Mental Health), a community-based mental health programme in Singapore.
Ong Say How is a senior consultant psychiatrist and Chief of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the IMH. He is a faculty member of Singapore's three medical schools and presently Psychiatry Lead at LKC School of Medicine. In 2014, he formed and became the inaugural chairperson of Singapore’s first Section of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Shirlyn Goh is a Senior Lecturer with Nanyang Polytechnic with the Diploma in Industrial Design. She has garnered many years of experience in the areas of Visual Communication, Interactive Design, Design Thinking, User Experience Design and Learning Experience Design.