Our Campaign Storyends 01 Oct 2022, 11:59 PM
Just a group of friends on 2 wheels looking to do our small part and 'Spark the Change'.
That's the total number of suicide deaths in Singapore in 2021. This equates to more than one death a day, with youth suicide figures also being the highest on record since 2000. And these numbers are only those that were recorded. It is time for us to make a change.
This year, working together with youths from six local universities in Singapore, SOS will be organising Spark the Change Fest. Happening in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, Spark the Change Fest is set to happen on 3 September 2022 at Palawan Green, Sentosa. The event will consist of both our signature #HowRU Walkathon as well as a music festival headlined by various local artists.
While SOS continues to provide our programmes and services for those in distress, we can't do it alone - everyone has a part to play in suicide prevention and you can help to Spark the Change by fundraising and donating.
SOS supports a wide range of distressed individuals from different community groups, as we support at-risk individuals. Every dollar contributed to our cause allows use to have a tangible impact on individuals in distress. Whether it is towards the enhancement and expansion of our services and infrastructure or even ensuring that our services continue to remain free for those who need it, your contributions directly helps SOS' our cause in suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
Let's unite for those who have been affected by suicide and create a community that cares about mental health.
About The Charity
Founded in 1969, Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) is the leading suicide prevention agency in Singapore. Secular and not for profit, we provide 24-hour confidential emotional support to individuals facing a crisis, thinking about or affected by suicide. Through our programmes and services focused on suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, we hope to provide timely support to those in distress.
From 2016 to 2021, an average of 402 lives were lost to suicide in Singapore annually. This equates to more than one suicide death per day. With discussions surrounding mental health and suicide prevention more prevalent than ever, now is the time for us to make a change together.
WHAT YOUR DONATIONS CAN DO
With a 17.4% increase in the number of hotline calls answered and a 120% increase in the number of CareText messages replied, your donations will be important in helping SOS to match the rising demand for support amongst at-risk individuals across Singapore.
A donation of $1,000 can help SOS train our volunteers to take up 190 hotline calls, 290 CareText chats, or further support our CareMail platform or counselling sessions. Beyond enhancing our programmes and services, your donations will also allow us to continue providing our resources free of charge to those who need it most.
All funds donated will be dedicated towards SOS' enhancement and expansion of services and infrastructure. SOS also reserves all rights to pledge funds toward our Signature events.