Of late, there has been a suite of mental wellbeing services and resilience-building campaigns rolled out across Asia’s diverse populations, with a priority on youths. These efforts, backed by a national agenda, are a response to the aftermath of the pandemic, which had the effect of uncovering and exacerbating pre-existing stressors.
While there are more open conversations around mental wellbeing, there is a consensus that the ecosystem is still nascent. Youths face a litany of mental health complications, and it is proving challenging to not only tackle these multidimensional issues, but also monitor youths’ improvements in behavioural outcomes. With limited data points and information asymmetry, service providers and funders face risks of resource inefficiency, misinformation, and funding asymmetry across the public, private and people sectors.
It has become increasingly pertinent that funders have an opportunity to not only invest in solutions, but also build an enabling environment for mental wellbeing and positive behavioural outcomes. How can various capital providers support both the short-term impact and long-term outcomes of youth wellbeing? And more importantly, how can we do it in partnership with the community, keeping the needs of the youths top of mind?
This session will open the floor for Singapore-based capital providers and mental health solutionists (entrepreneurs, founders, and advocates) to:
- Highlight the existing landscape of approaches to integrate mental health and wellbeing interventions in existing clinical and non-clinical settings
- Surface financing and capacity gaps in the mental wellbeing and resilience space
- Identify opportunities for collaboration to build a pipeline of scalable solutions to address needs in this space