MP Wan Rizal wants to see ‘next frontier’ in mental health for Singapore

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Members of Parliament from the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health, including Dr Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah, has filed a motion to do more to tackle mental health in Singapore. — TODAY pic

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Saturday, 03 Feb 2024 10:55 AM MYT

SINGAPORE, Feb 3 — When Dr Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah and his wife had their fourth child in 2017, he thought that he would be better prepared to walk his wife through the throes of postnatal blues.

“You know, having a fourth child means you’re quite an ‘old bird’ already, lah,” the 46-year-old said, using a term that refers to someone who is well-seasoned. His wife is three years younger than him.

“You know that your wife will go through postnatal depression probably, and you’re more or less geared up... you know how to help her out,” he continued.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency was speaking to TODAY yesterday before Parliament sits next week.

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Her condition then had not been medically diagnosed, he added, but even with some experience and preparation, having their fourth child was an especially difficult period for the couple, because his wife’s postnatal blues lasted for six months — much longer than he had expected.

“And for that wh...

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