In a rapidly evolving world, Singapore’s youth face unique challenges and pressures. From academic stress to peer pressure, mental health issues to family problems, many young individuals find themselves in crisis situations.
Fortunately, Project Green Ribbon (PGR) Singapore offers a lifeline in the form of Youth Crisis Homes– Green Hearth – safe havens designed to provide immediate support, guidance, and hope for troubled marginalised youth.
Understanding the Need:
Green Hearth Youth Crisis Homes play a vital role in Singapore’s social welfare system. Project Green Ribbon offer a sanctuary for young people facing emotional, psychological, or familial crises.
Green Hearth are staffed by dedicated team who provide a range of services, some activities includes Stand Up paddling , Hydrophonics Farming , Animal Therapy and essential eclectic Life Skills .
The Importance of Youth Crisis Homes:
The Need for the Green Hearth: Addressing Critical Challenges in Youth Well-being
Mental Health Crisis Among Youths
In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, the mental health crisis among youths is a growing concern. In Singapore, statistics show that 1 in 5 young individuals would experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime.
This alarming prevalence underscores the urgency of providing comprehensive support and intervention to address these mental health challenges effectively.
Lack of Safe Spaces
Another pressing issue is the lack of safe spaces for youths who are facing difficulties. Many young people find themselves in precarious situations, with nowhere to turn for refuge or support.
The absence of a safe and nurturing environment exacerbates their struggles and limits their opportunities for recovery and growth.
Recognizing the significant impact of family dynamics on a young person’s well-being, we advocate for a family-based approach. It’s crucial not only to support the youths but also to involve and educate their families.
Strengthening family bonds and equipping parents and caregivers with the tools to assist their children is a key component of our mission.
To address the multifaceted challenges that youths face, holistic support is imperative. The Green Hearth offers a comprehensive array of services, encompassing mental health care, life skills development, recreational activities, and more.
This holistic approach ensures that youths receive the well-rounded assistance they need to thrive.
Our focus extends beyond immediate crisis intervention. We believe in fostering long-term success and self support among the youths we serve.
By providing a warm and stable environment, we aim to equip them with the skills and confidence to overcome obstacles and build a promising future.
Lastly, community integration is at the heart of our mission. We believe that no young person should be isolated or excluded from their community due to their circumstances.
Through our programs and initiatives, we aim to bridge the gap between marginalized youths and the broader community, promoting understanding, acceptance, and collaboration.
In conclusion, the Green Hearth is a response to the critical challenges that affect youth well-being in Singapore. By addressing these issues through a multifaceted approach, we aspire to create a brighter future for the young individuals we serve, their families, and the community as a whole.
If you’re seeking more information about Youth Crisis Homes in Singapore or need assistance, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
** For urgent placement please WhatsApp +65 88747009 / +65 88748009 **
Project Green Ribbon , Green Hearth FAQs
What is the Green Hearth?
A 72-hour family based sanctuary providing solace, support, and safety.
A supportive respite for youths(ages 13-25) in crisis, with Essential Emergency Care.
What is the capacity of the Green Hearth ?
The intended capacity for the program is to accommodate a group of 8 residents for the entire 72 hours duration, ensuring focused and personalized support.
How does the Family Based Approach work in the Green Hearth?
A family-based approach in a home setting, recognizing the importance of creating an environment that resembles a safe and nurturing home. The primary focus is to provide a physical safe space and a listening ear for the youth/person in crisis, allowing them to calm down and establish a human connection that can help clear their minds
What is the atmosphere and environment like at Project Green Ribbon?
Trained professionals and caregivers create an empathetic and non-judgmental environment where individuals can freely express their thoughts and emotions. The home offers a tranquil setting with comfortable spaces, soft lighting, and a serene ambiance for moments of respite and calmness. It encourages disconnection from external stressors and allows individuals to engage in comforting activities, including heartful meals.
Is Green Hearth registered or licensed?
Yes, the Green Hearth is operated by Project Green Ribbon Limited, a registered non-profit organization in Singapore.
How is Green Hearth funded?
Green Hearth is funded mainly by donations and in-kind sponsorships.
Where is the home located?
Due to the nature of our facility, we prioritize safety and confidentiality. Therefore, we do not disclose the exact address of our location. If you have any inquiries or need assistance, please feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to provide information and support.
Eligibility Criteria for Admission
Youth aged between 13 and 25 years are eligible for admission.
Is a child who is not a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident eligible for admission?
Admission is limited to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents between the ages of 13 and 25.
What are the facilities and amenities at Green Hearth?
Open Area Balcony
12 mins walk to MRT
10 mins walk to shops
What is the Network of Care program?
The Network of Care program, now integrated into the Green Hearth Initiative, focuses on personalized and individualized support for participants. It includes components that address specific needs, high-touch support, and assistance for individuals at high risk.
Support at Green Hearth is tailored to individual needs:
-Engaging in activities for comfort and tranquility
-Sharing heartful meals for a sense of community
-Fostering human connections through reassurance and care
-Encouraging open communication and trust
-Guiding self-reflection and decision-making
-Facilitating meaningful conversations
-Providing games and relaxation activities
-Meeting basic needs
-Creating a serene environment for those in crisis
Who are the staff, volunteers and other partners involved in the programme?
The program involves trained staff, dedicated volunteers, and strategic partners. Trained professionals and caregivers work closely with partners and agencies to provide coordinated support. Family involvement is facilitated if desired. Our role is to act as a bridge and temporary refuge, offering tailored aid and assistance through collaboration with agencies. The program prioritizes individual autonomy and needs for effective crisis intervention.
What are the measures to ensure the safety of the residents?
Green Hearth will have two in-residence senior management staff.
There will be CCTVs throughout the facility (except Toilets/Showers)
Will parents/guardians and social workers be engaged in supporting the children if they are facing issues (e.g behavioral or psychological)?
We support family involvement if preferred. Our purpose is to serve as an interim connection and a temporary sanctuary, providing personalized aid and help through partnering with agencies.
What is the protocol for emergencies?
In case of emergencies, the following steps will be taken:
-Immediate medical attention will be sought at the nearest medical facility.
-Immediate family members will be updated about the situation.
-References to the caseworker will be provided for coordination.
-In more critical situations, involvement of organizations like IMH (Institute of Mental Health) or SKGH (Sengkang General Hospital) or TTSH (Tan Tock Seng Hospital) may be necessary for appropriate support and intervention.
What are your operating hours?
We are open every day, including weekends and public holidays.
How are the rooms arranged?
We currently have two rooms – one for boys and one for girls. Each room can accommodate up to three residents comfortably. The rooms are fully air-conditioned and equipped with cupboards for storage. For safety measures, there are CCTV cameras installed.
Will meals be included? Can you accommodate medical or religious dietary preferences?
Absolutely, meals and tea breaks are provided. In fact, residents might even have the opportunity to prepare some meals themselves as part of our program. We are more than willing to cater to specific medical or religious dietary needs as well. Your comfort and well-being are important to us.
Will the residents be able to engage in their religious practices (for example, prayer)?
Certainly, residents are encouraged to engage in their religious practices, including prayer. If any special equipment, like prayer mats, or a quiet corner is required, we can arrange that upon request. Please note that all accommodations are tailored to individual needs and preferences. Your comfort and religious practices are respected and supported.
Will parents/guardians/social workers/relevant authorities and agencies be allowed to visit the resident at Green Hearth?
Yes, visits by parents, guardians, social workers, relevant authorities, and agencies can be arranged based on the specific circumstances and needs of the resident. We will work closely with the involved agencies to determine the best approach for each individual case. Your well-being and support system are important to us, and we strive to create a supportive environment for everyone involved.
REFERRAL OF APPLICANTS
Schools or Social Service Agencies can refer potential applicants by emailing us at email@example.com or contacting us via WhatsApp at 88747009/88748009 in case of emergencies. We value collaboration and timely communication to ensure that individuals in need receive the appropriate support.
How is feedback exchanged between schools or Social Service Agencies and Green Hearth?
Green Hearth collaborates closely with schools or Social Service Agencies to ensure effective communication and coordination in order to enhance the well-being and outcomes of the individuals under our care.