Singapore’s NCSS Partners with AIChat & McCann WG Singapore for Mental Health Campaign

Now in its second year, the “Beyond the Label” campaign created by McCann Worldgroup Singapore and National Council of Social Service encourages Singaporeans and persons with mental health conditions to take a more proactive stance towards seeking help.

The campaign is based on the 2017 Attitude Study, by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), which found that more than 1 in 2 adults in Singapore are not willing to live with, live nearby or work with a person with a mental health condition.

 
 

Videos co-created with persons in recovery as well as their colleagues, caregivers, and parents presenting different perspectives of mental health stigma. This includes the self-stigma imposed by persons with mental health conditions due to fear and shame of their conditions, as well as misconceptions by parents, caregivers, friends and colleagues in social situations with persons seeking recovery.

Beyond the Label helpbot

 
 

To help alleviate the search for help and resources for recovery, NCSS, McCann Worldgroup Singapore and AI-technology partner AiChat developed Belle, the Beyond the Label Helpbot – a Facebook Messenger Chatbot to connect youth, adults & seniors to mental health resources and helplines, and educate the public with tips on how to interact and support persons with mental health conditions. The public can access the Helpbot here.

“I couldn’t fully understand what my daughter was going through then, and it hurt me to see her in pain,” said Tymosiewicz Koh Mui Mui, parent of a 19-year-old daughter who had recovered from depression. “It was not easy for us to find and get the appropriate help for her. Now with the Beyond the Label Helpbot, I think it would be easier and very useful to parents who are in a similar situation as it makes help more accessible.”

Beyond the Label Fest to promote deeper understanding on the topic of mental health

Beyond the Label Fest, an inaugural pop-up market to promote more meaningful conversations and deeper understanding related to the topic of mental health, launched over the weekend on Saturday.

Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan-Jin, attended as the Guest-of-Honour. The event featured products for sale and workshops by local indie brands eager to support the movement. It also featured the “Activation Box”, an immersive multi-sensory experience comprising various experiential activities to help one understand mental health conditions and how to better support someone in distress, by the Youth Alliance – a network of public agencies with representatives from government, healthcare, and social service agencies, and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).

Youth and Creativity against Mental Health Stigma

In conjunction with the Youth Alliance’s and youth-related key stakeholders’ efforts to build deeper engagements with the youth, McCann Worldgroup Singapore launched a Creativity against Mental Health Stigma youth outreach initiative, with Temasek Polytechnic as IHL partner this year. Aspiring creative professionals from the Temasek Polytechnic School of Design are briefed to develop campaigns, products, and innovations to raise mental health awareness as it becomes an increasingly relevant topic for the youth community, and address the discomfort of interacting with people in recovery. Their outputs were guided by various agency professionals and exhibited at the Beyond the Label Fest as an educational activation.

“When NCSS launched Beyond the Label – Singapore’s first-ever national movement to tackle stigma towards those with mental health conditions last year, the Facebook page and social platforms became a safe spaces for the public to share their stories of recovery,” said Alfred Wee, Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup Singapore.

“We recognized that many are seeking more open channels of communication at home and work regarding their mental health, and easier access to mental health resources and help. We hope the campaign messaging conveys that sentiment effectively to the ones we’ve yet to reach and assists the yet-to-be diagnosed locate help more easily.”

Credits

Group Account Director: Fathrul Fazakir
Senior Account Manager: Natalie Oh
Account Executive: Clarissa Choo
Creative Director: Alfred Wee
Film Director: Clayton Lai
Senior Art Director: Adrian Loo
Copywriter: Lane Ito / Heng MayMay
Technology Partner: AiChat Pte Ltd
Film Production Company: Reel Loco Productions Pte Ltd
Sound Production Company: Neon Sound
Media Agency: [email protected]
PR Agency: Ogilvy

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