With World Mental Health Day just celebrated on 10 October, we are reminded of the constant need for action. Not only do we need to address mental health, but also other societal issues such as environmental sustainability and social inclusivity.
Encouraging awareness and advocacy is Spark The Next, a project by SG Youth Action Plan, that has created a collection of limited edition merchandise. As a way to lend a voice to Singaporean youths, the collection is a comment upon prominent issues and changes young people would like to see within Singaporean culture. Designed by young, local artists, the merchandise includes T-shirts, tote bags, coasters and brooches; with all proceeds from sales going towards local charity organisations chosen by each artist.
All about The SG Youth Action Plan
Developed by The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, The SG Youth Action plan builds upon Youth Conversations—a space designed to empower young Singaporeans through open discussions. Focusing upon findings from previous Youth Conversation sessions, the SG Youth Action Plan works with young Singaporeans and the Government to develop programmes and policies to create a better Singapore.
Taking the lead in driving the plan is a diverse group of 16 leaders comprising of individuals from the people, public and private sectors. They’ve each made significant contributions in the youth space within Singapore. The leaders’ common role within the plan is to aid youths in shaping the vision of future Singapore, recommend policies and champion projects as well as encourage youths to create change and build a better future.
The merchandise available
Created by young Singaporean artists—Muhammed Izdi, Howie Kim, UltraaViolets’ Kimberly Tan and Mash-Up’s Nathanael Ng, Shaf Amis'aabudin and Daniela Monasteries-Tan—each piece has been designed with a distinct and highly important socio-political message.
Designing two T-shirts for the collection is independent label, Mash-Up. Avant-garde and tongue-in-cheek, the pieces are a comment upon social inclusivity and how to build a brighter future within Singapore. UltraaViolets, who's illustrations are playful and pastel, has designed a coaster and brooch highlighting mental wellbeing and environmental suitability. Also within the collection are graphic tote bags by Hoe Kim and Muhammed Izdi that focus upon an array of themes from the influence of technology to the effects of climate change.
Our favourite piece within the collection is the ‘Baby Steps’ brooch by UltraaViolets; a light hearted piece with a highly important message. It’s a reminder on the importance of taking care of our mental health and not being too hard on one’s self. A message that resonates with us here at Esquire Singapore following our October issue surrounding mental health.
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