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$100k of new mental health fund for peer initiatives

The BlueStar* Fund, for those aged between 10 and 16, lets young people help one another

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A new $1 million fund aimed at addressing mental health issues among young people here will set aside a total of $100,000 for peer-run initiatives.


The Musim Mas BlueStar* Fund was launched yesterday from the $1 million donation by palm oil company Musim Mas Holdings at the 12th Global Youth Leaders Summit, which was held virtually this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Musim Mas Holdings is collaborating with philanthropic organisation The Majurity Trust to provide grants to non-profit organisations as well as the young people themselves to support programmes that help those who face mental health issues.


Ms Mursalina Ismail, 22, who heads the manpower department at social development enterprise FutuReady Asia, shared her experience on young people facing mental health issues.


She said: "Sometimes they don't have strong family support at home, so we have to let them know that they matter, regardless of what they are going through in life."


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