Mental Health Science

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The annual RSS Mental Health Science Strand will take place in person on 1st February 2023 from 815 am to 1230 pm at Raffles Institution. Registration starts at 8 am.

What is the Raffles Science Symposium: Mental Health Science Strand?

RSS Mental Health Science Strand is an annual platform where Raffles Guidance Centre (RGC) and the Peer Helpers Programme (PHP) showcase research in mental health, and invite speakers from different organisations to share on mental health topics to advocate for and increase awareness in mental health in Raffles Institution. This free event is organised as part of our preventative work in RI and to benefit the wider community. For the past five years, we have had an audience of over 200.

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2023's Theme

RSS Mental Health Science Strand 2023 highlights include:

  • Dr Tan Wah Pheow, Head, Centre for Applied Behavioral & Social Sciences, Temasek Polytechnic will be speaking on how to apply behavioural science insights to mental wellness and education
  • Chong Pao-Er, Counselor at About Counselling and Lecturer at College of Allied Educators will be equipping youths on how they can watch out for their friends and respond appropriately to distress signals on social media
  • Chan Karyan, Senior Manager, Research, National Youth Council and Fadzli Baharom, Assistant Director, Youth Division, The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth will share some key mental health and well-being trends among youths as well as partnerships and engagement efforts to better support our youths.
  • Student sharings and project presentations from RI students and RI Peer Helpers on Emotional Awareness, Loneliness, Toxic Friendships and the state of mental health in RI
  • The winners of the Youth Mental Wellbeing Challenge (organised by Raffles Institution in November 2022) will be sharing their presentations. These student teams took part in a day-long challenge to discuss and generate ideas on what they can do to improve the mental wellbeing of peers in their schools.
  • Exhibition of Peer Helpers Programme group projects on mental health
Post Lunch activity (for professionals only – limited to 50 pax, lunch provided, 1330-1500): Small group discussion and sharing of best practices of peer support initiatives & support for students with special needs in schools

Who Should Attend?

We welcome all who are working with youths in an educational setting, mental health professionals, and students interested in mental health to attend. Year 5 students who would like to apply for the Peer Helpers Programme (Monday Enrichment Programme) should attend this. In previous years, participants have included trained peer helpers from RI, as well as Secondary and JC students from other schools who are involved in peer support. We also have school counsellors and teachers in charge of student development from other schools, and mental health professionals from various organisations in attendance.

How Do I Sign Up?

Please register for this event at the following links:



RSS Professional Regn QR Code 

RSS 2023 Student QR Code

Deadline for registration is 18 January 2023.

While we would like to reach out to as many people as possible, we do have a limited capacity and sign-ups are on a first come first served basis.

More Information

For more updates, please visit the following website at

For queries, please email [email protected] for details.

We hope to see you there!