A simple act such as lending a listening ear can be a great support to others.
Youth With Mental Health Conditions
Among youths aged 18-34, 22% were estimated to have some form of mental disorder in their lifetime.Subramaniam Et Al., 2019
Mental health challenges can affect just anyone. Be considerate when speaking to others as you may not know what they are going through. Even though mental health conditions may not be obvious at times, mental health disorders can have a significant impact on a person's life, as well as those around them.
Help-seeking Behaviour For Mental Health Conditions
More than 3 in 4 people with a mental disorder in their lifetime did not seek any professional help.Institute Of Mental Health, 2018
Early intervention increases the chance of recovery. You can help by encouraging them to seek help and support them through the journey.
Stigma And Discrimination
More than 5 in 10 people in Singapore are unwilling to live with, live nearby or work with a person with a mental health condition.National Council Of Social Service, 2018
Stigma towards persons with mental health conditions serves as a barrier for one to seek help and be open about their state of mental well-being with others.
Prevalence Of Depression
In a study of 1000 Singaporeans, 8.7% met the criteria for clinical depression and 9.4% met the criteria for clinical anxiety.Institute Of Mental Health, 2021
It is estimated that depression affects up to 18% of Singaporean youths.Promises Healthcare, 2020
The main source of stress identified by the same 1000 survey respondents were the risks of people around them getting infected by COVID-19 and financial loss such as losing work opportunities. With the pandemic affecting the entire country, the chances of someone around us facing mental health challenges can be high.
Increase Need For Mental Support
The Singapore Association of Mental Health saw an increase of 50% in their helpline calls.Singapore Association Of Mental Health, 2020
Despite having a need for mental support, youths may not be comfortable speaking to a counselor or teacher due to fear of the conversation being leaked. This is where Peer Supporters can come in and provide informal support through listening and journeying through the difficult times together.
55% OF YOUTHS WHO HAVEN’T VOLUNTEERED WOULD DO SO IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY.
If you are one of them, here are some of the many initiatives from Youth Corps Singapore where you can learn, volunteer, lead and connect while supporting the cause of Mental Wellbeing!
HAVE TO SAY!
“I experienced mental health struggles in the past … the programme was a good opportunity for me to interact with the community on the ground…”
Youth Corps Leader, Cohort 20
“I am grateful to have found a new close-knit community … at Project Re:Ground, where we share our experiences and provide a non-judgmental listening ear to one another...”
Peer Supporter from
Youth Corps Project Re:ground 2021
About Youth Corps Singapore
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