About the Festival
Mental Health – a topic with so much stigma surrounding it, a topic taboo in conversation; yet a topic so important. In the same way we go to extreme measures to take care of our physical health, the same care should be shown to our mental health.
The Singapore Mental Health Study 2010 states that about 1 in 8 Singaporeans have a mental disorder; with the three most common being Major Depressive Disorder, Alcohol Abuse, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Through films, panel discussions and workshops, SMHFF wants to increase awareness among Singaporeans on the complexity of mental illnesses. We hope to eliminate the stigma and shame attached to having a mental health concern; to affect change on a political and social level to create more inclusive environments and workspaces for those with mental health concerns.
Films harness immense power towards self- discovery. We hope to lead our audiences on a journey to recognise the vulnerabilities that all of us face. By using an easily relatable medium, barriers will be broken and Singaporeans will gain more accessibility into navigating the topic of mental health wellness.
Panel conversations follow each film, encouraging audiences to engage in an active discussion with field professionals, caregivers and persons-in-recovery. This enables audiences to clarify any misconceptions and gain deeper insight into Singapore’s mental health landscape.
Mindfulness workshops showcasing trauma-informed modalities such as dance, theatre, art, poetry, creative writing and movement will provide festival goers with an alternative perspective of self-sustaining and self- care tools that would increase their emotional and mental resiliency.
Our Vision & Mission
To work towards facilitating genuine dialogue that allows individuals to speak openly about mental health concerns without shame or discrimination.
Breaking the stigma of mental illness through inspiring and thought–provoking films, conversations, and workshops.
SMHFF is committed to providing an open and safe space where we welcome people of all backgrounds and abilities to participate in empowering, non-judgemental and non-threatening discussions. This also means that we commit to respecting the privacy of others by maintaining confidentiality and allowing others to speak for themselves.
The contents of the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival (“SMHFF”), such as film, panel discussions, workshops, and other material from the festival (“content”) are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your condition. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have seen, heard or read, during the festival.
SMHFF does not recommend or endorse any clinicians, counselors, psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on our social media platforms, website and during the festival.
SMHFF is a non-profit initiative by The Breathe Movement, a social enterprise registered with the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE).
The Breathe Movement seeks to increase the emotional and mental resiliency of individuals through the practice and philosophies of yoga. Through the synchronisation of breath, organic movement and creative expression, we want to inspire individuals to connect with their inner strength, confidence and ability to make healthy, sustainable life-choices.