Jonathan’s foray into outdoor adventure started when he joined scouting at 12 years old. Since then, his love for outdoors grew as he began to take part in activities like kayaking, cycling and mountain trekking. In 2011, Jonathan represented Singapore at Hillary Challenge, a 7-day outdoor adventure competition held in New Zealand. This cemented his love for the outdoors, and from then on, Jonathan has never been one who sits still.
His love for outdoors is only second to his passion for service. Jonathan actively involves himself in community projects like Operation Smile, Hair for Hope and Public Health Screening. He believes that it is a privilege to serve the less fortunate. And his biggest influence in service is Dr Laji Varghese, a rural medicine doctor who dedicated his entire life to bringing health and medical care to rural North India.
The aims and vision of Mental Muscle resonates strongly with Jonathan. Having gone through psychiatry posting as a medical student, he recognizes the need to increase social support and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Despite the rigours of 4th year medical studies, Jonathan maintains his passion in community work and the outdoors, driving him as he commits himself to Team Mental Muscle and its cause.
Jon was never really into running, and still would rather swim or sail than run. An alumnus of Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College, he was an active member of the Scouting movement. He also represented the school in the National Interschool Sailing championships. He has limited experience running competitively, running only 2 races, the 2013 SAFRA Adventura and 2014 SMU AdRace, both times coming in third for the Youth and Men’s category respectively. An avid nature lover, he would rather spend his time wandering Botanic Gardens taking in the sights than to hang out at the mall. Outdoor activities aside, he loves playing the guitar and DOTA 2, and taking photographs of dull things hoping to make them look good.
His concern for the stigma of mental health began when one of his friends developed a mental illness, and that concern developed further after his posting in psychiatry. He hoped to somehow make a difference through whatever he is doing, to create awareness and reduce the stigma of people suffering from mental illnesses. With that, he hopes that Singapore would become a better and more forgiving place for people like his friend.
Stephen has been a sports enthusiast since young, participating in various activities such as running, swimming and cycling. His favourite of them all is tennis, and he is now the captain of the NUS tennis team. Stephen is a fervent believer that sports builds tenacity, increases efficacy, and most importantly brightens up one’s day.
His other passion is in giving back to the society. Be it providing local medical services to the needy or building schools and teaching children in rural India, he never stops trying to help those who are sidelined. He believes everybody deserves to be loved.
Through his experiences in his psychiatry posting, Stephen was appalled at the stigma of mental illnesses in Singapore, and the patients’ lack of willingness to seek treatment. This is in stark contrast to the Western countries. He decided that something needs to be done. Being part of team Mental Muscle allowed him to marry both his favourite passions together while raising awareness of mental illnesses in Singapore. Stephen believes that healthcare professionals can only treat the disease, but it takes the combined effort our society to cure the stigma.
Nicholas is a fun loving individual who enjoys adventure and running. His love for the outdoors began since young, with him joining scouts in primary school through secondary school and even in Junior College. This adventurous spirit saw him through multiple adventure races like Safra Avventura and SMU Adrace. In addition to adventure races, Nicholas is an avid runner, participating in various running events throughout the year.
To Nicholas, serving others is a responsiblity. He believes that if he has been given the opportunity and ability to help others, then he has a social responsibility to do so. This belief has inspired him to give back to the society in Secondary school, JC and now in medical school. Going through his psychiatric posting in year 4 of medical school has made him realise the lack of awareness and the stigma that psychiatric patients face. In running this race, Nicholas hoped to utilize his passion for running to make a difference in the mental health scene in Singapore by bringing this often shunned topic into the open and increase the awareness on mental illnesses.
From left: Jonathan See, Nicholas Eu, Jon Tan, Stephen Hwang