The past two years of uncertainty have been a challenging time for all of us – physically, mentally and emotionally. The more familiar forms of mental health support and intervention include peer and community support, as well as psychological and pharmacological interventions. In addition, traditional and complementary medicine therapies can also have a positive effect on neurochemistry, without the dependence or side effects that medications can cause. When these services were allowed to resume operations last year, senior traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner-cum lecturer at IMU, Dr Ong Siew Siew assumed individuals would be returning to manage their physical pain. Instead, she found many patients came to seek help to relieve mental anguish arising from the pandemic. Learn more about this at Acupuncture for the Mind (The Star, 3 April 2022).