Singapore — Mental well-being and online wellness are subjects that the majority of internet users need to be mindful of and informed on. That’s why TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, has unveiled the second edition of Youth for Good, its flagship educational program that seeks to raise awareness of mental health and cyber wellness issues amongst Singaporean youths.
TikTok joined hands with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Ministry of Education, National Youth Council, and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to maximize the reach of the program.
This year’s edition of Youth for Good will be launched in conjunction with IMDA’s Digital for Life Festival, where there will be several in-person workshops led by TikTok Youth for Good creators and non-profit partners on May 21, May 28 and May 29 each morning. They will drive open and empathetic conversations on achieving balanced mental well-being; how online platforms can be used to encourage help-seeking behaviour and provide help; as well as educate on alternative mental wellness boosting therapies.
The second edition will be officially announced on May 22 at a live, youth-led panel during IMDA’s Digital for Life Festival, moderated by TikTok wellness creator and other notable individuals supporting the program. As part of its efforts to empower youths to speak on issues close to their hearts, the panel will discuss how best to navigate the good and the bad in the online world as well as ways Singaporeans can pitch in to build a better and safer digital space for all.
Teresa Tan, head of public policy of TikTok SEA and Singapore, said, “At TikTok, we are committed to building a safe online space, where our users feel empowered to express themselves authentically, learn from others, and speak frankly about important issues facing youths today, such as digital wellbeing and mental health.”
Tan added, “With the support of our partners such as IMDA and our non-profit partners, we hope to continue the momentum from our success last year.”
Simultaneously, Dawn Low, cluster director for digital readiness and digital for Life Programme Office, shared, “We thank TikTok and all partners for joining us in building a digitally inclusive society by organising the workshops at the inaugural Digital for Life Festival, enabling our youths to learn how to use online platforms to amplify the importance of mental well-being specifically in the areas of digital wellness education.”
Until June 5, Singaporean youths aged between 19 and 34 years can apply via the TikTok to join Youth for Good and become wellness educational content creators on TikTok. Participating youths will undergo a specialised training program from June 20 to August 15, 2022.