Preventive counselling could build resilience during current crisis
I fully support Ms Kristen Ong Xinru’s suggestion to reinstate psychological treatment to the “essential services” exempted from workplace closures (Tele-consultation may not work as well for those grappling with mental illness, April 17).
There is a heightened need for such face-to-face treatment during the Covid-19 crisis and its associated uncertainty. Some sectors of society may be suffering from two effects – loss of employment and income due to the economic downturn and social deprivation due to Covid-19 containment measures.
I propose that preventive counselling – by only suitably qualified counsellors – be equated the same status as psychological treatment. The main focus of preventive counselling is the anticipation and avoidance of future conflicts or problems for those facing stress, and reducing anxieties. Preventive counselling could help in building Singaporeans’ resilience against the unfolding economic fallout…
Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030
The number of people harmed by floods will double worldwide by 2030, according to a new analysis.
The World Resources Institute, a global research group, found that 147 million people will be hit by floods from rivers and coasts annually by the end of the decade, compared with 72 million people just 10 years ago. Damages to urban property will soar from $174bn to $712bn per year.
By 2050, “the numbers will be catastrophic,” according to the report. A total of 221 million people will be at risk, with the toll in cities costing $1.7tn yearly.
When WRI first developed its flood modeling tool in 2014, the predictions felt “like a fantasy”, said Charlie Iceland, director of water initiatives at WRI. “But now we’re actually seeing this increase in magnitude of the damages in real time,” Iceland said. “We’ve never seen these types of floods before.”
Floods are getting worse because of the climate crisis, decisions to populate high-risk areas and land sinkage from the overuse of groundwater…