Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers players Lim Sheng Yu, Desmond Oh, and General Manager Michael Johnson joined Wholetree Foundation founder Chow Yen Lu at the launch of Over the Rainbow Youth Mental Wellness initiative held at the Verita Advanced Wellness Centre in Singapore on Saturday 27th October.
An initiative of the WholeTree Foundation started by Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers part owner Chow Yen Lu and his wife Yee Ling after the tragic suicide death of their young son Lawrance Chow in 2009, Over the Rainbow is a one-stop hub for youth mental wellness that integrates online communities and offline activities bringing together various stakeholders – youths, families & friends, schools, healthcare professionals, wellness experts, spiritual gurus, and the public – to exchange information, advance understanding, share experiences, gain support, and seek help while catalyzing social awareness and acceptance on the issues of youth mental health.
Over the Rainbow Mission:
– To propel youth mental wellness to the top of life’s priorities by empowering youths with practical hands-on wellness strategies.
– To provide information, assistance, and support to youths suffering from mood disorders, namely depression and manic depression, along with caregivers.
– Shatter the taboos surrounding mental illness and promote social awareness.
– Build a loving community founded upon the timeless principles of love, compassion, truth, generosity, joy, and service.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds. It is predicted that by 2020 the rate of death will increase to one every 20 seconds.
The WHO further reports that in the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 (male and female). Suicide attempts are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicides.
For further information, please visit http://www.overtherainbow.sg/.