Youths at Risk

Youths at risk may experience poor trust and mental well-being issues

Hope for brokenness

What are the issues and challenges?
  • About 2 in 3 adult residents of Singapore have experienced at least 1 Adverse Childhood Experience in the first 18 years of their life.
  • The number of child abuse cases reported by Child Protective Services has tripled in the past decade.
  • The effects of trauma can manifest in sleeping difficulties, the inability to regulate emotions, traumatic flashbacks, and self-harm.
What you can do?

Trauma can be managed! The principles of trauma-informed care can help prevent and reduce the effects of trauma in people’s lives.

  • Help destigmatise trauma by learning more about it and sharing it with your community! Learn more about how MWS journeys with youths at risk here

Take the stigma out of Mental Illness

What are the issues and challenges?
  • There is a strong correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and mental illness in adulthood.
    • Studies show that children with ACEs are up to 4 times more likely to develop a mental health disorder.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death in Singapore for those aged 10-29. 3
    • A 2019 study estimated that 18% of Singapore’s youth suffer from depression.
    • Chemical changes arising from puberty, social and academic pressures, as well as stressors from home life, can increase the probability of developing depression and anxiety.
What you can do?

Depression is not something to be deprecated and shamed. Youths need support to effectively manage mental illness.

Bring grace to youths at risk by changing perceptions of mental illness in your community! Share this information with your friends and donate to fund our efforts to rehabilitate the youth at our MWS Girls' Residence here.

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