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14th Global Youth Leaders' Summit
Be a Value Multiplier, Change-maker & Friend - #BETHELIGHT
9 September 2023, Saturday
9.00 am - 4.00 pm
The Common Ground, Auditorium
(21 Bedok North Street 1, Common Ground Civic Centre, S469659)
Guest of Honour
Ms. Gan Siow Huang
Minister of State, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Manpower
Mr. David Chua
National Youth Council
Mr. Delane Lim
Character & Leadership Academy
Mr. Chung Kwang Tong
Character & Leadership Academy
Ms. Katrina Chong
Ms. Joanne Koh
According to a survey that was conducted from 2021 to 2022, 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." 58% of the youths have chosen "yes" as their answer.
In the same survey, 22% of youths have felt that they are unable to help someone who is going through emotional trauma or someone who is sad or depressed. However, 92% would like to be trained as a "Happy Ambassador / GateKeeper" so that when the need arises, they know what to do.
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.
Asean Youth Community
21st-century skills for the Future of Work
A network of young people across Southeast Asia aiming to promote an inclusive and empowered youth participation towards Asean community building and achieve a better understanding of sustainable development, regional solidarity, and the Asean identity.
Leadership and Character Education
At our core
What drives us to do what we do is the belief in the potential of youth. Personal Values and Character are the key foundations and life-smith of every youth leader and our educational programmes are catered to bring out the best in every young person.
Some of our programmes include:
Project Make a Difference (M.A.D)
Foundational Life Coaching