SingaporeThemed MRT launched to spur public support for people with mental illness

Themed MRT launched to spur public support for people with mental illness

The Beyond the Label (BTL) movement, a collaboration between the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Touch Community Services, launched a themed MRT train today (25 Oct) to destigmatize mental health conditions and encourage the public to better support those with mental health issues.

The concept train will run 19 hours a day for four weeks from today, with the goal of reaching 500,000 North-South line passengers.

The train features the image of the movement’s mascot “BRAVE” and includes speech bubbles that teach viewers how to interact with those suffering from poor mental health, showcasing how peer support can aid the recovery journey of those who have mental conditions.

The BTL team has also installed pebble paths in the community with encouraging messages, written signs indicating where to find mental illness-related resources and services, and has held mobile exhibitions in schools and the community .

Minister of State Alvin Tan presided over the unveiling ceremony and said that in addition to raising public awareness on mental health, the team hopes to eliminate social stigma against mental illness and help people to master basic skills to help each other and themselves, at the same time.

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