1800-Friendships: Journeying Together for Youth Mental Health

1800-Friendships: Journeying Together for Youth Mental Health

Singapore, (6 & 7 October) – Metropolitan YMCA Singapore (MYMCA), with its continual focus in youth and community engagement, is delighted to unveil the return of our impactful annual youth symposium, YOUTH GOT IT:1800-FRIENDSHIPS. This symposium seeks to delve deep into the intricate relationship between friendships, social support frameworks and mental health issues affecting today’s young generation.

The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, 6 October 2023 and Saturday, 7 October 2023 at Metropolitan YMCA Singapore, offering an enlightening platform for discussions, meaningful insights and connections.

Amid the evolving landscape of mental health awareness, our youths today frequently grapple with the challenge of seeking professional assistance, often turning to their peers for advice, solace and understanding. This prompts a critical question: Are our current initiatives effectively addressing this multifaceted issue?

YOUTH GOT IT: 1800-FRIENDSHIPS is positioned to address this inquiry head-on, assembling a distinguished panel of keynote speakers – Jeanette Aw and Rui En, renowned artistes in Singapore who have surmounted analogous hurdles. Through sharing their own personal experiences and journeys, our special guest speakers will underscore the pivotal role of cultivating and sustaining friendships and social networks in fostering mental well-being.

“We are not alone in our mental health journey, our feelings are valid and it is okay to
take a step back to reassess ourselves.” – Mavis Tan, 2022 YGI: Mental Health at the Workplace Participant

The featured keynote speakers, motivated by their aspiration to destigmatise seeking help, are collaborating with MYMCA to provide relatable narratives that will resonate deeply with the audience. Both Jeanette Aw and Rui En’s hope their experiences will help foster a safe environment of empathy and inclusion, where mental health is celebrated at every level.

“I was able to connect, share with the people around me and I’ve learnt about ways to manage mental health.” – Ammar Sufi Bin Mohammad Yusri, 2022 YGI: Mental Health at the Workplace Participant

In a strategic partnership with Hongkong Land Limited who are fully sponsoring the event, and together with National Council of Social Services NCSS’ Beyond the Label Movement, booth partners People Association Youth Movement and Friendzone, youths can expect engaging workshop sessions that address topics such as boundaries and conflicts. They will also have access to resources to engage and equip them to navigate their mental health journey through stronger friendships.

About Metropolitan YMCA Singapore
The Association is part of the worldwide YMCA movement and was founded in 1946 with a vision to lead positive community transformation. The Association nurtures children and work with youth as part of our mission to effect and catalyse positive community transformation – today and for the future. We are also a social enterprise, where all net surpluses from our accommodation and conference facilities to drive our various community outreach programmes to serve the needy and vulnerable.


For further information about the event, you can head to https://www.mymcaygi.org/

For collaboration opportunities or media inquiries, kindly reach out to:

Simeon Cheok
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications
Metropolitan YMCA

[email protected]

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