- Made new friendships
- Developed new skills
“Find something to cope, a better way to cope, or seek help. You got to speak up and ask for help. Because you cannot go through it alone.” Those words came from a 14-year-old girl. A recovered beneficiary who, through SYNC, is now empowering others to reach out.
Closing the gap between youths and therapy
Here we are, past a time when matters of the mind were heavily stigmatised. Today, SYNC (Strengthening Youths in a Network of Care) and its founders Narash and Nicole are committed to open people’s minds about mental healthcare: They’re bringing therapeutic resources to the youths’ screens. They’re hanging out with them. They are friends, with the benefits of a counsellor.
“When we started to try to get a youth to a clinic, the wait time for an appointment was three months… Mental health doesn’t wait,” shares Nicole. “Our main focus of starting SYNC was to improve the accessibility of mental health services.”
What was meant as a short-lived project teaching youths coping mechanisms quickly became a non-profit organisation (made possible by the Our Singapore Fund). “We were stuck at home during COVID, right? And then we realised, ‘Hey, a lot more people needed such mental healthcare… COVID is really getting to everybody. Many youths will be affected. Let’s start really doing something tangible for the youths and the children,” Narash explains.
Meet founders Narash and Nicole who are empowering youths with mental health coping techniques