Originally formed by 5 volunteers from the Institute of Mental Health SG (IMH), IMH Matchsticks is now over 700 youth volunteers strong. These volunteers help to spread joy and serve residents in the long-stay wards, as well as organise ad-hoc mass events efor the residents to enjoy outside of their wards.
What they do
1. Weekly volunteering sessions
During the weekly visits, each ward would carry out a set of activities catered specifically to the interest of the special friends living in that ward. The activities range from arts and craft and colouring, to board games, and even karaoke and dance sessions.
2. Outings with residents
Matchsticks of IMH frequently organises mass events such as excursions and parties for the residents to enjoy outside of their wards.
3. Other ad-hoc activities
Other ad-hoc activities that they organise include public holiday movie screenings, festive season mass events, mental health talks, workshops, community partner events, etc.
4. Mental health outreach and advocacy events
They also actively participates in anti-stigma efforts within the community by leveraging our experiences with the residents to educate and engage people in mental health conversations.