SOS Symposium 2021 Programme

Do note that the schedule, programme, topics and speakers are subjected to change. 

Latest update: 25 August 2021

 
 

Day 1 - 9 September

01:00 PM

Start of Day 1

Event Platform opens

Start of Day 1 Symposium 

01:10 PM

Opening Performance

By Bitesize Theatre Productions

Monster in the Mirror Musical Performance

01:20 PM

Welcome Address

Welcome Address 

Mr Lawrence Wong

Minister for Finance

Patron of SOS

01:30 PM

Opening Keynote

Dr Jonathan Singer

President, American Association of Suicidology, USA

Suicide on A Global Level

02:15 PM

Panel Discussion 1.1

Toward A Common Goal: The Need For A National Suicide Prevention Strategy

- Mr Eric Chua

Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore

- Associate Professor Ong Say How

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist & Chief of the Department of Developmental Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

- Ms Sharlene Teo

Counsellor, Fei Yue Family Service Centre, Singapore

- Ms Anita Kapoor

Host, Presenter, Facilitator, Singapore

03:15 PM

Afternoon Break

Break

03:30 PM

Plenary 1.1

Professor Paul Yip

Founding Director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Adopting a Public Health Approach in Suicide Prevention

04:15 PM

Plenary 1.2

Professor David Gunnell

Professor of Epidemiology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom  

The Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

05:00 PM

Moving Forward After Battling Suicide - the Journey of Suicide Loss Survivors and Suicide Attempt Survivors

Panel Discussion 1.2

- Dr Radiah Salim

President, Club HEAL

- Mr Felix Avellino Philmone

 Employment Support Officer, Club HEAL

- Ms Aneez Fathima Mohamed Farook

Counsellor, Club HEAL

- Ms Sumaiyah Mohamed

Programme Coordinator, Club HEAL

- Ms Yohanna Abdullah

Moderator

06:00 PM

End of Day 1

Event Platform closes

End of Day 01 Symposium

 

08:30 AM

Start of Day 2

Start of Day 2 Symposium 

Event Platform opens

09:00 AM

Plenary 2.1

Reimagining Service Delivery Amidst A Crisis

Ms Charlene Heng

Head of Core Services, Samaritans of Singapore, Singapore

09:45 AM

Panel Discussion 2.1

- Mr Trakarn Chensy
Chairman, Samaritans of Thailand

- Ms Karman Leung

Chief Executive, The Samaritans Hong Kong

- Mr Kenny Lim

Executive Director, Befrienders KL

- Ms Charlene Heng

Head of Core Services, Samaritans of Singapore

- Ms Nawira Baig

Moderator, Mental Health Advocate, Singapore

Stigma: Help-seeking From Suicide Prevention Hotlines in Asia

10:45 AM

Plenary 2.2

Mr Justin Paul

Head of Mental Health & Counselling Services, HealthServe Ltd, Singapore

Migrant Workers’ Mental Health: The ABC Approach Towards Better Mental Wellbeing

11:30 AM

Break

Lunch Break

Day 2 - 10 September

Elderly Track

Hosted by Sharda Harrison, Actress, TV presenter & Acting Coach, ChapterInk, Singapore

12:45 PM

Losses of Older Adults: Impact and Interventions

Associate Professor Helen Ko

Master and PhD of Gerontology Programmes, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

01:30 PM

Building Resilience: Empowering Seniors to Take Charge, Stay Engaged and Age Meaningfully

Mr Gareth Huang

Head, Senior Service, REACH Community Services Society

02:15 PM

Afternoon Break

02:30 PM

Successful Ageing in the New Normal

Ms Wang Jing

Assistant Director, Tsao Foundation, Singapore

03:15 PM

Supporting Seniors through Transitions

Dr Yat Peng Chew

Principal Counsellor, O’Joy Limited, Singapore

Community Track

Hosted by Dr Mok Yee Ming, Senior Consultant / Chief, Dept of Mood and Anxiety, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

12:45 PM

Media Representations of Suicide – How Do They Affect Us

Associate Professor Mythily Subramaniam

Assistant Chairman Medical Board (Research), Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

01:30 PM

Promoting Social Inclusion - NCSS’s Initiatives to Strengthen Mental Health Support

Mr Chan Whee Peng

Director, Service Planning and Funding Group, National Council of Social Service, Singapore

02:15 PM

Afternoon Break

02:30 PM

Caregiver Dilemma: Quality of Care and Quality of Life

Ms Helen Yong

Assistant Director, Outreach Services, Singapore Association for Mental Health

03:15 PM

Life Transitions and Its Impact on Mental Health

Ms Porsche Poh

Executive Director, Silver Ribbon, Singapore

 
 

04:00 PM

Panel Discussion 2.2

Safety On Digital Media

- Ms Malina Enlund

Safety Policy Manager APAC, Facebook, Singapore

- Ms Amanda Ang

Head of Public Policy and Philanthropy for
 Singapore, Twitter

- Mr Lucian Teo

Online Safety Global Lead, Trust & Safety, Google, Singapore

- Ms Aishwarya K

Global Product Policy Lead, Trust and Safety, TikTok, Singapore

- Moderated by: Mr Joel Lim

Managing Director, ZYRUP Media, Singapore

05:00 PM

Plenary 2.3

- Mr Yangfa Leow

Executive Director, Oogachaga, Singapore

- Ms Melisa Wong

Executive Director, Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support, Singapore

Are We Different? What Pregnant Teens & LGBTQ+ Persons Experience

06:00 PM

End of Day 2

Event Platform closes

End of Day 02 Symposium

Day 3 - 11 September

Youth Track

Hosted by Ms Lee Yi Ping, CHAT Programme Lead/Principal Case Manager, Institute of Mental Health (IMH) / Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT)

08:30 AM

Start of Day 3 Symposium

09:00 AM

Can a social media intervention improve online communication about suicide?

Associate Professor Jo Robinson

Head of Suicide Prevention Research, Orygen, Australia

09:45 AM

#phasingtransitions: CHAT's experience with youths and young adults

Ms Lee Yi Ping

CHAT Programme Lead/Principal Case Manager, Institute of Mental Health (IMH) / Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) 

Family Track

Hosted by Mr Sean Cheng, Centre Head, Fei Yue Family Service

08:30 AM

Start of Day 3 Symposium

09:00 AM

Mental Health Services: Are They For Both Sexes?

Dr Zac Seidler

Director of Mental Health Training, Movember, Australia

09:45 AM

Families in Transitions

Ms Peh Cheng Wan

Assistant Director (Specialist Services), Viriya Community Services

10:30 AM

Morning Break

10:45 AM

Growing up Tough – Childhood Victimisation and Trauma

Assistant Professor Jungup Lee

Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, Singapore

11:30 AM

Cyberbullying – When Online and Offline Exist

Ms Joanne Wong

Head of TOUCH Cyber Wellness, Singapore

10:30 AM

Morning Break

10:45 AM

Family Violence – When The Home Isn’t The Safest

Mr Alvin Chua

Instructor, Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore

11:30 AM

The Sandwich Generation: Finding Purpose In Life and Preventing Burnout

Ms Ang Bee Lian

Director-General of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

 
 
 

12:15 PM

Lunch Break

Break

01:30 PM

Plenary 3.1

Bridging Gaps: Parent-Child Relationship and Building Resilience in Youths

Ms Pamela Ong

Senior Assistant Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

02:15 PM

Enhancing Psychological Resilience through Peer Support in the Singapore Police Force

Plenary 3.2

- Ms Ho Hui Fen

Principal Psychologist, Singapore Police Force

- Ms Tiffany Danker

Psychologist, Singapore Police Force

03:00 PM

Afternoon Break

Break

03:15 PM

Plenary 3.3

CyberSpace Mental Health; Harnessing Science and Technology for Humanity

- Dr Christina Liang-Boguszewicz

Founder, dR CLB Cyberspace Mental Health Boot Camp

- Mr Marek Boguszewicz

Global Leading Technology Expert , Global Foundation of Cyber Studies and Research

04:00 PM

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Workplace Mental Health: Creating Safe Spaces

- Mr Prashant Pundrik

Director, Athena Cleantech Pte Ltd, Singapore

- Mr Nathan Chew

Film Representative, “Don’t Want”

- Ms Atikah Amalina

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion [DEI] Program Manager, Google, Singapore

- Mr Shawn Lai

Senior Counsellor/Social Worker, Core Services, Samaritans of Singapore, Singapore

- Ms Sharda Harrison

Actress, TV Presenter & Acting Coach, ChapterInk, Singapore

05:30 PM

Closing Address

Closing Address

Mr Gasper Tan

Chief Executive, Samaritans of Singapore, Singapore

05:45 PM

End of Day 3

End of Day 3 Symposium

Event Platform closes

Do note that the schedule, programme, topics and speakers are subjected to change. 

Latest update: 25 August 2021