Activities include a jazz concert, a relaxation session with Tibetan singing bowls and cross-country runs.
World Mental Health Day is celebrated internationally on October 10 every year. Aimed at educating and raising awareness about mental health around the world, World Mental Health Day also aims to tackle social stigma.
Various organizations in Singapore will be hosting workshops, events and activities throughout October, which is also designated as Global Mental Health Month.
Here are seven events young people can attend to heal, rejuvenate and support the cause of mental health.
1. CalmCon 2022
Founded in 2020 as a community response to Singapore’s COVID-19 lockdown, Calm Collective will return with another year of CalmCon wellness festival.
From October 6 to 9, CalmCon 2022 will feature keynote speakers and personalities like Adrian Ang (Xiao Ming of SGAG), Dr. Jamus Lim and Benjamin Kheng.
Discussions will cover topics such as unpacking mental health myths, a Spotify playlist on mental health strategies, and practicing self-care at work.
The hybrid event will be held online on October 6 and 7, as well as in person on October 8 at Temasek Shophouse and October 9 at WeWork’s 18th floor, 21 Collyer Quay.
2. Unlimited Race
Want to support World Mental Health Day while working out? You can participate in Race without limitsa virtual fundraising event to help young people access therapy.
All attendees will also have access to masterclasses led by mental health professionals from October 24-28. These include Healthy Ways to Manage Emotions, Parenting Mentally Resilient Children and Supporting a Friend.
The event will run from October 10 to November 30 and participants will use a race app to track their time and distance to their finisher’s medal and race pack.
Runners in the 10km and 100km solo categories will be entitled to a race tee in addition to the medal and race pack.
The event starts on October 10 and will last until November 30.
3. Swing with our emotions
The Singapore Jazz Association (JASS) is hosting a concert presentation for World Mental Health Day titled Swing through our emotions.
Four JASS musicians will perform on piano, flute, bass and drums during the presentation of the concert. A panel of speakers will also be present to share with participants how they can take charge of their emotions.
The panel includes Jass Executive Director and Music Director, Jeremy Monteiro, alongside psychiatrist Professor Kua Ee Heok, clinical psychologist Aarti Chidambaram and counseling therapist Varian Monteiro.
The live concert will take place at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Center Recital Studio on October 9 at 3:30 p.m. The concert will also be streamed for free on YouTube at 8 p.m. on October 10.
4. Phasing It 4.0 Next Station: Unknown
Youth Corps Singapore will host the fourth edition of their Phase it series on October 29.
Phase it is a conversation series created in 2020 as a way for young people to share their views on how they can tackle different challenges together.
Phasing It 4.0 Next Station: Unknown seeks to help young people manage the feeling of being lost during the different phases of their lives.
Two speakers will share their personal experiences, how the challenges they faced affected them and how they solved their problems.
The event will take place at The Red Box at 113 Somerset Road from 2-5pm.
5. Re:Ground @ Dungeon Sensory Series: Singing Bowls
Need a space to relax? Also organized by Youth Corps Singapore, The Sensory Series: Singing Bowls is a short sound bath session on October 20.
It is part of the Re:[email protected] Sensory Serieswhich aims to explore unique methods of personal care that will appeal to the different senses of the participants.
A sound bath is a meditative experience for a group of people to lie down and listen to resonating sounds, in this case the pleasant echoes of Tibetan singing bowls when struck.
Two time slots are available for the event. Participants can join the first session from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. or the second session from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Relaxation sessions will take place at The Red Box, located at 113 Somerset Road.
6. Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Festival
The second edition of Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Festival returns on October 9 to the Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Center.
Organized by Migrant Writers of Singapore, a community of migrants who are also passionate about literature, the group will carry out different activities during the festival.
Expect storytelling programs, poetry readings and a mental health play as the festival runs from 1-5pm.
7. Let’s talk: art and mental health and the gift of mental health: an artistic workshop
Another event organized by the Tzu Chi Humanist Youth Center and in partnership with the LASALLE College of the Arts is a two-part workshop and talk with young people.
Appointed Lets go Conference: Art and mental healththe first conference allows participants to discuss understanding art and mental health in Singapore and create their own personalized greeting cards.
The conference will take place on October 15.
Giving sanity: an artistic workshop will take place a week later, on October 22. Participants will be able to create a 3D work of art on the importance of mental health and well-being.
The workshop in two stages will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Center (HYC), 30A Central 1, S768796.
For more resources such as self-assessment and tips for dealing with difficult seasons in life, check out the Youthopia site. mental wellness resource page.