MINDSET Care Limited the registered charity of the Jardine Matheson Group has successfully raised over S$375,000 for mental health at The MINDSET Challenge & Carnival 2018 held at the Marina Bay Financial Centre on 28th October.
The annual vertical race and carnival is MINDSET’s signature event to raise funds and awareness for mental health, with this year’s beneficiary being MINDSET Learning Hub, Singapore’s first and only Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training and job placement centre for mental health persons-inrecovery (PIRs). Launched in October 2016 in partnership with the Singapore Association for Mental Health, MLH has since trained 290 persons and successfully placed 134 individuals in the workforce.
Says MINDSET’s Chairman, Mr Alex Newbigging: “We believe that everyone should be given his or her opportunity in society. At Jardines, we have been providing job opportunities for mental health persons-in-recovery within our 19 businesses in Singapore. Since 2011, we have placed close to 150 mental health clients in jobs within the Group. We have also donated over S$5 million towards various mental health programmes. We hope that more firms will support inclusivity and the integration of mental health persons-in-recovery in the workplace.”
Some 280 race participants and 2,200 carnival-goers including 250 mental health clients and caregivers from various Voluntary Welfare Organisations attended the event, with about 30 mental health PIRs and caregivers from various VWOs walking up the top five floors of MBFC Tower 1, reaching the finishing line alongside competitive racers. Meanwhile, the fastest timings clocked in the individual men’s and women’s categories were 5 minutes 12 seconds and 8 minutes 3 seconds respectively. The ‘Kids Dash’ category also had children below the age of 12 run up 10 floors, while the ‘Fun Run’ category saw teams of three challenging themselves in an obstacle course.
Local celebrities Benjamin Kheng and Jonathan Chua from The Sam Willows lend a voice for the mental health community Award-winning and home-grown band members of The Sam Willows, Benjamin Kheng and Jonathan Chua, made a special appearance at The MINDSET Challenge & Carnival 2018 in support of the mental health community in Singapore. Says Kheng, who competed in the race as well:“The work that MINDSET does is incredibly important, especially for such a time as this. Many people are being increasingly vocal about their mental or neurological disorders, and as someone who suffered from such conditions in the past, I’m very glad to be part of the conversation.”
Post-race, guests and visitors could also enjoy spending time together at a carnival held at The Lawn @ Marina bay. Spanning six metres on the asphalt road in between MBFC Tower 1 and The Lawn @ Marina Bay is a chalk mural designed by students from the Singapore Institute of Technology. Carnival-goers were also given an opportunity to contribute to this chalk mural as they express their thoughts on mental health and wellness. The MINDSET Learning Hub’s very own café, MLH Café, was also at the carnival selling its signature drinks. MLH Café has been operational since June 2017 and employs mental health PIRs who are undergoing the food preparation course under Workforce Skills Qualifications. Through this, MINDSET hopes to reduce stigma associated with mental illness and encourage an inclusive community.