Official Launch of MindForward Alliance Singapore

Photo: MOS Sun Xueling with MindForward Alliance Singapore Steering Committee & MD of APBS

MindForward Alliance Singapore, a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to transforming workplace culture into one that supports the mental health of its employees, is officially launched today.

Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State in the Ministry for Social and Family Development & Home Affairs graced the launch event and unveiled the Parent’s Guide to Mental Health in Children and Adolescents.

We are the Singapore chapter of MindForward Alliance, a leading global not-for-profit organisation with a network of country chapters in the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Portugal. Our global footprint provides a rich environment to share best practices and case studies, perform benchmarking, conduct research, and develop a range of tools and services that are proven to work for business organisations.

The topic of mental health is coming to the forefront and more companies are increasingly seeing the need to take a holistic approach to promoting good mental health and well-being at workplaces. MindForward Alliance Singapore aims to be the catalyst for businesses to create mentally healthy workplaces in Singapore through the sharing of knowledge and real-world evidence, providing insights from experts, and offering practical support at both the operational and leadership level.

“MindForward Alliance Singapore is an exchange of reliable mental health practices, bringing the best from global companies and promoting the best of Singapore companies’ practices to the rest of the world. We help businesses benchmark areas of mental health management and awareness, while providing them with a more objective and structured look at developing opportunities or validating their strengths. More importantly, we empower business leaders to take bold actions to care for their team and transform the mental health agenda beyond their own workplace culture,”

Kenneth Choo, Co-Chair, MindForward Alliance Singapore

Launch of Parent's Guide to Mental Health in Children and Adolescents

To mark the official launch, MindForward Alliance Singapore, unveiled a Parent’s Guide to Mental Health in Children and Adolescents and presented it as a gift to Singapore. This guide was produced with Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore as the main contributing partner and drawing on the knowledge of social service agencies and mental health professionals in Singapore.

The Parent’s Guide is a first of its kind in a sense that it is a one-stop resource that’s all- encompassing and designed to cover 3 main topics:

  1. Empower working parents with the knowledge and resources to identify and address mental health difficulties in their children. In addition, links to local resources and treatment plans that they could rely on are also covered.
  2. Support parents and caregivers by giving tips about how to make self-care a priority.
  3. Inspiring business leaders and HR practitioners with real business cases that 4 of our members are practicing making the workplace a better place for their people.

“It can be worrying and stressful for any parent or caregiver to see their child experiencing difficulties with their mental health, which in turn reduces the productivity and performance of the working parent. Businesses have a responsibility to transform their workplace culture into one that makes working parents feel supported. With this mental health guide, we hope to inspire business leaders to transform mental health discussions into mental health actions to improve the well-being of their employees and build a compassionate and thriving workplace,”

Laure de Panafieu Co-Chair, MindForward Alliance Singapore