In December 2007, a new Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Programme was introduced. This is a structured programme which originated in the US as an evidence-based practice. It consists of 5 modules covering the following areas:

  • Introduction to the concept of Recovery.
  • Understanding of one’s own diagnosis.
  • Medication Education.
  • Social Support.
  • Coping with stress and reducing relapses.


The modules consist of instructions and lessons by Registered / Trainee Counselor; with group discussion and sharing of experiences; reflections and workbook exercises. The programme generally takes 8 sessions, which the frequency of the sessions will be based on the needs and availability of the group. Duration of each sessions will be 1.5 – 2 hours.
Since December 2007, Illness Management and Recovery programme (IMR) was introduced in MMHA. IMR is a psycho-social education programme aimed primarily at helping those who are mentally ill to recover and specifically at:

  • Learn to understand one’s mental health condition.
  • Learn methods to cope with distressing symptoms and stress.
  • Learn to communicate and verbalize problems.
  • Learn to manage one’s own emotions.
  • Understand the role of medications, and recognize relapsing symptoms.
  • Set goals for recovery, and return to society.