MENTAL WELLNESS INITIATIVES
It is no doubt that academics add on to the pressure that students face daily. Furthermore, the COVID-19 situation this year has caused many students to face additional stress. Hence, to encourage students to prioritise their well-rounded and holistic well-being, SMUSA aims to support you through the tough times, being there with you and for you.
SMUSA works closely with Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Center (MWKLSWC) to provide students with information about counselling services as well as tips to maintain a healthy mind.
COLLABORATION WITH HEARME.APP
SMUSA had an interview with Adam Lippin, CEO & Founder of HearMe.App, as he shared with us about mental health, destigmatisation and more. In the video, it was also highlighted that people who are struggling with their own mental well being should not hesitate to reach out for help. We released this video on 10 October, which is World Mental Health Day.
HearMe.App is a free emotional wellness application which connects people around the world to trained volunteers for a real-time chat, anytime and anywhere. The power of empathetic listening provides you with a safe space to share what's on their mind. If you are ever feeling heightened anxiety, stress or even isolation for a multitude of reasons, give it a try to share what's on your mind with a trained listener on the app.
"A nice conversation can keep you going for 48 hours."
- Adam Lippin, CEO & Founder of HearMe.App
COLLABORATION WITH INTELLECT.CO
SMUSA participated in Samaritans of Singapore's #HOWRU Virtual Walkathon event to raise awareness for suicide prevention, a rising concern especially among youths. As part of the digital event lineup, we collaborated with Intellect.co to hold a Facebook Live session. Gareth Ling, Chief Operating Officer from Intellect.co shared with our students and the public useful mental health first aid skills, including how one can recognise symptoms and warning signs of stress, anxiery and depression, and even what to do during such situations.
Intellect.co is an application which provides a new form of psychological training, developed by a team of world leading psychologists and behavioural experts. The training programs are packed into quick bite-sized sessions to help users work towards who they want to be. Simply sign in with your school email with the @smu.edu.sg domain to get unlimited free access for Learning Paths and Rescue Sessions programs.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the pace of learning for every student in numerous ways. The constant changes in the course outline and curriculum has undoubtedly increased stress and anxiety as students are expected to adapt to the changes as quick as they came. On top of keeping up with curriculum changes, students also had to attend seminars through WebEx, which although was inevitable, was not very conducive for many.
THE SMUSA EXPERIENCE: FINAL-E
Through this initiative, SMUSA aims to protect, support and uplift the mental and emotional well-being of students by providing self-care tips and some words of encouragement through SMUSA's Instagram. We coined this initiative “The SMUSA Experience: FINAL-E” as this was introduced during the finals period; before the conclusion of the semester.
In addition, we encourage students to spread positivity to peers around them, and to go beyond the SMU community, showing support to our frontline heroes who are keeping Singapore going.