Character and Leadership Programmes
According to a survey that was conducted from 2016 to 2017, the question - "I know of a friend who is in danger of taking his/her life or someone who is undergoing stress and problems in life." 72% of the youths have chosen "yes" as their answer.
In the same survey, 21% of youths have disagreed with the statement, "Taking my life is not an option for failure/I will not take my life because of any problem."In which, this shows that there is a trend in some youths that ending one's life would be the answer to solving their problems.
For the full Ground Survey Findings from 2016 to 2017, click the button below.
In another survey that was conducted from 2018 and 2019, more than 50% of youths who are attending Polytechnics, ITEs, Universities, and those who are attending National Service, have said that "They are not comfortable with talking to their parents about their problems."
In the same survey, there was another question - "I know of a friend who is in danger of taking his/her life or someone who is undergoing stress and problems in life." More than half of the students in upper secondary, tertiary education, as well as those in National Service have chosen "yes" to the question.
For the full Ground Survey Findings from 2018 to 2019, click the button below.
HappYouth was therefore launched to address this pressing mental health issue.
HappYouth is a programme created in 2016 as part of a suicide prevention initiative.
By imparting various skills, knowledge and frameworks on self-care and mental well-being, you too can become a HappYouth too!
Our flagship module aims to equip youth with essential skills to manage emotions and stress, and be self-aware. All sessions will be conducted through experiential learning, increasing the retention and impact.
Keep Calm, Observe Emotions, Stay Positive, Explore Options, Seek Help
Pause, Think, Choose, Act
Automatic Negative Thoughts
Charting one's positive and negative experiences in life
Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic is a painter, swimmer, skydiver, and motivational speaker. Nick Vujicic is 33 years old. He was born with an extremely rare congenital disorder known as Phocomelia, which is characterised by the absence of legs and arms. After realizing that he wasnt alone in his struggles, Nick wanted to help others find hope and meaning in life. Nick decided to go into Public Speaking to inspire others.
Several years ago, actor Nick Shen supported two friends, both now in their early 30s, who had suicidal thoughts. Shen says one of them, who attempted suicide, had schizophrenia and spoke of people trying to “catch” him. The other friend had relationship and family problems and cut herself. Shen accompanied her on her visits to Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
Shen says perseverance is key to overcoming challenges, including mental health problems. He learnt this value over the years.
First Aid for the Mind
Question, Persuade, Refer
What is QPR?
QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons. It was created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett and it stands for Question, Persuade and Refer. By noticing and intervening a possible suicide situation, there will be enough time for the person to get proper care.
When we talk about pain management and emergency helplines, more often than not we think about physical emergencies. "Help! Call 995!"
But it's not only the physical body that requires help. It's becoming more apparent that Singaporeans have been neglecting their mental wellness.
In the same way Basic First Aid teaches people CPR and skills like how to recognise the stages of burns and how to treat each stage, QPR is a modular course that will provide guided learning for practitioners.
Just like First Aid, anyone can be trained as a Gatekeeper. Anyone who is in the position to recognise and refer someone when he or she is at risk of suicide.
Why is Suicide Intervention important?
According to research,
Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 10-29 in Singapore.
400 lives were lost to suicide
There are 3 times more deaths from suicide than transport accidents,
Males account for more than 66% of all suicides
How does it work?
QPR practitioners will be equipped with the skills to recognise the warning signs, offer hope, offer help and save lives. Over the duration of the programme, QPR can be learnt, taught and exercised.
When more people are trained in QPR, the more accessible mental illness help and suicide intervention becomes for everybody.
In QPR, participants are educated on to how to be more aware of the known warning signs of a suicide crisis.
Out of the four stages of life saving, Early Recognition, Early and Effective Action, External Defibrillator and Early Advanced After Care, QPR will equip practitioners to be able to recognise the signs as early as possible.
Why should you learn it?
“The person most likely to prevent your suicide is someone you already know.”
For every suicide, at least 6 suicide survivors are left behind.
When QPR is taught to one person, and you have conversations about suicide and its prevention within that person’s “inner circle” and, hopefully, increases the odds that should someone among those touched by your training become suicidal, someone close to them will know what to do.
It is because of this that we believe that everybody should be QPR trained. With the combined effort of every one of us, we can create a safe space for all Singaporeans.
We therefore encourage YOU to be a gatekeeper of lives today.