Why We need Social Cohesion For Our Mental Health [Explained in Singlish]

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Why our Mental Health Need Social Cohesion Ah?

Eh, you know ah, social cohesion is actually very important for mental health, especially in Singapore where we all kena stressed and busy all the time. Social cohesion means how connected we feel to each other as a society. It’s like when we see our kampung uncle or auntie, and we wave hello and ask how they are doing, we are actually building social cohesion.
When we feel like we belong to a community, we feel supported and less alone. We know that we have people we can turn to if we need help, and that we are not facing our problems alone. This can be especially important for mental health, because it helps us cope with stress and difficult emotions.
For example, when we kena stress from work or school, we might feel overwhelmed and like we can’t cope. But if we have friends or family who we can talk to and share our problems with, we might feel better. We might be able to see things from a different perspective or get some advice that helps us feel more in control.
Social cohesion can also help prevent mental health problems in the first place. When we have strong connections with others, we are less likely to feel isolated or lonely. These feelings can be risk factors for mental health problems like depression and anxiety. When we feel like we belong to a community, we are more likely to feel like our lives have meaning and purpose.
So how can we build social cohesion in Singapore? One way is by using Singlish lah! Singlish is a language that we all share, regardless of our backgrounds. When we use Singlish to communicate, we are building connections with others and creating a sense of belonging. We can use Singlish to express our emotions, show empathy for others, and break down barriers between different groups of people.
Another way to build social cohesion is by participating in community activities. We can join a sports team or a volunteer group, or attend a community event like a pasar malam or a block party. These activities give us a chance to meet new people and build connections with others who share our interests.
We can also build social cohesion by being kind and considerate to others. When we show kindness to others, we are creating a positive and supportive environment. We can do simple things like holding the lift for someone or offering to help our neighbor carry their groceries. These small acts of kindness can make a big difference in how connected we feel to our community.
In conclusion, social cohesion is very important for mental health in Singapore. When we feel like we belong to a community, we feel supported and less alone. We are more likely to cope with stress and difficult emotions, and less likely to experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Even Singlish can help us build social cohesion by creating a shared language and culture. We can also build social cohesion by participating in community activities and showing kindness to others. So next time you see your kampung uncle or auntie, give them a wave and ask how they are doing. You never know, it might just make their day!
If you're looking for a way to establish or develop social cohesion in your community, workplace or team you should organise a team building experience with us like a Japanese Food Masterclass or archery tag or even a Mr Beast Themed Day!