It is aimed at raising awareness of mental health and to encourage students to seek help early if needed.
Year 1 students in polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) are now able to take a new mental wellness curriculum in their schools.
Announced by Minister of State for Education Sun Xueling in Parliament on Wednesday (Mar 3), the new curriculum is aimed at raising awareness of mental wellness and to encourage those who need help to seek it early.
The polytechnics and ITE worked with the Health Promotion Board to launch the curriculum, which will be available for all Year 1 students from 2020 and 2021.
“The (autonomous universities) are also promoting mental wellness through briefings during freshmen orientation and university-wide programmes,” said Ms Sun.
She added that schools will appoint dedicated key personnel to oversee peer support and student well-being matters. These staff will also tap on student peer supporters to help.
Already, mental health education has been included in secondary schools since the start of 2021 as part of the character and citizenship education (CCE) curriculum.
Students will learn about topics like differentiating signs of stress and distress, as well as healthy habits for positive well-being.
If you are looking for more mental well-being resources, check out Youthopia’s resource page with everything from mental health self-assessments to tips for coping with challenging seasons in life.
Attack on Titan exhibition to be held at ArtScience Museum from Feb 19
Singapore named most Instagrammable place in the world by travel website
Five reasons why your next hike should be at Upper Seletar Reservoir
Ah Girls Go Army trailer drops, showing Jack Neo’s take on women in NS
River Hongbao returns to Gardens by the Bay from Jan 30 to Feb 6
Singaporean youth share their experience taking the COVID-19 booster shot
Tesla opens outlet at Millenia Walk, interested buyers can take cars out for test drives
Crane at Joo Chiat to hold open house from Jan 22 to 23
GRUB burger bistro to reopen at 30 Stevens Road in March
13 useful Spotify tricks and features you might not know