We have moved!

Posted: 23 October, 2010 in news

Welcome to the SSWS FRESH NEW homepage!


More interactive, More fun!

Sign Language Workshops

Posted: 29 September, 2010 in events and activities, news

sign language workshop

Feel free to email us at ssws.nus@gmail.com if you have any enquiries.
Thank you.

Dinner and Dance 2010!!!

Posted: 6 April, 2010 in news

Calling all Yr 3 and Yr 4
Social Work majors!!

You are cordially invited to Dinner & Dance 2010!!!!!!

This year, the Society of Social Work Students (SSWS) shall bring you to HOLLYWOOD!!!!!

Date: 8th May 2010
Venue: Suntec City NUSS Guild House
Price: $40 (including buffet dinner)
Theme: Hollywood
Dress code: Smart Casual

(Gentlemen: At least shirt and t-shirt with proper collar and sleeves, trousers and proper shoes with socks;

Ladies: Dress/ Blouse/Collared T-shirt and skirt or pants AND proper shoes)

Shine your way through the day of fame,
& enjoy lots of fun with your beloved friends.

Please come to the SSWS Room (ADM level 2) at the below timings to register with us!

Wednesday: 12pm to 4pm
Thursday: 10am to 4pm

Alternatively, you can send an email to us at ssws.nus@gmail.com and we will send you the registration form! You get to choose your desired seating arrangement. However, please note that the seating arrangement is on first-come-first-served basis. In addition, we are looking for performers to put up performances during the dinner. Those who are interested , please sign up with us when you register! Last but not least, if you have any special requests for the Dinner & Dance 2010(e.g. you wish to put up a video for your fellow classmates at the dinner & dance), please tell us as well, when you sign up. We will do our best to meet your requests.

Dear Yr 3s and Yr 4s, do sign up for this event specially organised for you!

With love,

Society of Social Work Students

Mental Illness in Singapore

Posted: 17 January, 2010 in news

About Mental Illness

Mental illness is not a single disease but consists of many different types of diseases. It includes many kinds of mental and emotional disorders that differ in causes, symptoms and treatment. The disease causes mild to severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and behaviour resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routine. Mental disorders vary from mild, temporary stress-related disorders to severe and prolonged disorders. About 16 % of the people in Singapore suffer from minor mental disorders.

Two main groups of Mental Illness

Psychotic illness (major mental illness)
e.g. schizophrenia, manic depressive psychosis and delusional disorder.

People with psychotic illness lose touch with reality and perceive the world differently from others. They may develop delusions i.e. false beliefs of grandeur and persecution and experience hallucinations. They may see, hear, smell, taste and feel things, which are not there. They may be depressed or elated out of proportion to their life circumstances

Non-psychotic illness (minor mental illness)
e.g. anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorder.

The symptoms of the non-psychotic illness are exaggerated forms of normal types of behaviour and feelings. People with non-psychotic illness may feel uncontrollable anxiety, tension, fear and depression. These feelings can cause considerable personal distress resulting in difficulties coping with daily activities.

Causes of Mental Illness

  1. Environmental and social life situations
    • relationships
    • stress/crisis
    • housing conditions
  2. Biological
    • genetic make-up
    • temperament
    • physical constitution
  3. Physical causes
    • brain damage
    • drugs e.g. LSD
    • infection of the brain

Symptoms of Mental Illness

Some symptoms of Mental Illness include:

  • Confused and unrealistic thinking
  • Talking to himself or herself, laughs or cries without good reason
  • Prolonged sadness and irritability
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Numerous unexplained physical complaints

Common Misconceptions about Mental Illness

Myth: A person who has been mentally ill can never be “normal”.

Fact: There are many people who have experienced a psychiatric illness and are living successful, rewarding lives. Others may have to take medication at times or permanently, but cope well with support.

Myth: People with mental illness are unpredictable.

Fact: When their illness is in an active phase, they can be impulsive and not their usual self; but once recovered, their behaviour becomes more consistent.

Myth: Mentally ill people are dangerous and violent.

Fact: Most of them are not dangerous or violent. Many lack concentration, motivation and the ability to organise. Rare cases of violence occur only when they are seriously ill. When stable, they are no more violent than the average person.

Myth: A hospitalised mentally ill person mixing with others is more likely to get worse than better.

Fact: Mental illness is not contagious, nor can it be transmitted through social contact.

Myth: Psychiatric treatment is likely to cause brain damage as evidenced by the patient’s robotic-like expression.

Fact: Robotic-like expression is more a sign of illness than an effect of treatment.

Myth: If a person can talk sensibly and has an intact memory, then the person is not mentally ill.

Fact: There are numerous types of mental illness and many forms do not affect one’s memory or ability to speak appropriately.






Posted: 10 October, 2009 in news

Hello to all fellow Social Work students!





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completing our survey here!

Posted: 16 August, 2009 in news


Social Work Freshmen Camp 2009

Posted: 10 June, 2009 in news

Social Work FOC 2009

Please visit our site at http://sites.google.com/site/campmonopoly/

for more details.

Hope to see you in our camp.