Mental Muscle is a student-led initiative run by medical students from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine who aim to raise greater awareness of mental illnesses in the community especially the need for social support for these individuals and also to dispel the social stigmatization against them.
Formed in June 2017, Mental Muscle’s 3rd generation of physical challenge members comprises 7 motivated individuals: Ng Chong Zheng, Mark Khoo, Ramesh Radhakrishnan, Gurveer Kaven Singh, Grace Fong, Jackson Huang and Foo Piao Lin. From the publicity side we have Lynnette Ng, Ong Seeu Kun, Gurveer Kaven Singh, Christon Fam, Heng Li Wei, Thaddeus Cheong, Calvin Tjio, Yau Ya Kei, Jasmine Chua and Liang Jun Yu.
During their training in medical school, the team had a better perspective and increased awareness of mental illnesses that touched the lives of many individuals and also the stigmatization faced by these individuals - which at many times could be worse than the condition itself. Concerned about the lack of awareness, the concept of dedicating physical challenges (“Muscle”) that embody the struggles of these individuals to raise awareness for mental health (“Mental”) was birthed.
Building on the successes on the first team who completed a 250 kilometer Sahara race through the Namib desert and the second team who completed a 200 kilometer trail run in Nepal’s Kathmandu Rim, the team of 7 medical students this year aim to summit the 10
highest volcanoes in Indonesia, with a total elevation of over 30,000 meters. Funds raised by our team will be channelled towards initiatives under the Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH). It is the value we see in this project that motivates us to go the extra mile.
For the current iteration of Mental Muscle, we have expanded to encompass more outreach efforts. This is accomplished through external outreach to the community via efforts such as visiting schools to give talks and working with school guidance counsellors, as well as internal outreach within the field of medicine targeted at healthcare professionals and students. Currently there are plans to include the medical student body in volunteering efforts with our beneficiary SAMH with the aim