Youth and Emerging Adult Mental Wellness - Human Capital Optimisation

Singapore Youth Resilience Scale (SYRESS)

A resilient individual has the capacity to adapt to situations and cope with life challenges. In more defined terms, it is a set of personality traits or resources that allows an individual to navigate through stress and negativities, and emerge with a stronger mind.

By identifying the factors of resilience and considering the cultural context of local youths, SYRESS is a robust tool for us to gain insights into the areas the youths can build on to achieve a resilient mind.

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Youth Epidemiology and Resilience (YEAR) Study

The most critical stage of development is childhood, as it shapes our mental resilience and determines how we deal with challenges later in life. The YEAR study is a national longitudinal study into the state of mental health of Singaporean adolescents aged 10-18 years.

It aims to:

  • Determine the prevalence rate of various mental health conditions among adolescents and;
  • Identify possible risks as well as protective factors associated with these disorders.

Mind Science Centre is currently preparing the manuscript, which is targeted for publication by the end of the year.

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Therapeutic Effects of Nature PlayGardens on Children

Mind Science Centre is working with National Parks to evaluate the efficacy of a clinically-developed, nature-based intervention which aims to improve the emotional well-being, pro-social behaviour and attention span of children with ADHD and ASD. Additionally, caregivers may experience enhanced quality of life, reduced stress and improved general well-being. 

We are recruiting research subjects with the following inclusion criteria:

  • Male
  • Age 5 – 9
  • Diagnosed with ADHD or ASD

Participation in this study will involve:

  • Attending pre-interview briefing
  • 6-week intervention program (1-hr weekly sessions @ Hort Park or Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden)
  • Completion of questionnaires/assessments

You may opt to receive $25/visit for transport allowance and compensation for your time.

For more information, contact 9420 1137 or

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Supplement & Sleep Study

This study aims to evaluate the usefulness of a supplement in improving sleep and well-being.

We are recruiting research subjects with the following inclusion criteria:

  • Healthy Male and Female
  • Age 21 – 45
  • Non-smoker
  • Have trouble sleeping

Participation in this study will involve:

  • Taking a supplement (capsule) over 6 weeks
  • Attending 4 clinic visits involving surveys and blood draw
  • Tracking your daily activities and sleep with a Fitbit

Please refer to the poster for more information.

For enquiries, contact 9420 1137 or

Intranasal Oxytocin for Autism Spectrum Disorder Study

Oxytocin has been studied as a way to improve the social cognition difficulties that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) adolescents and adults face. This could improve the well-being of autistic person and their family members. 

Mind Science Centre is assessing the long-term efficacy of oxytocin nasal spray as an intervention for autism. This clinical trial has been approved by Health Sciences Authority (HSA) Singapore.

The study is made up of 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: Double-blind random-sized controlled trial
  • Phase 2: Open-label study for participants randomized to the placebo group

The research team recently completed Phase 1 of the study and is preparing the manuscript.

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Non-Suicidal Self Injury and Parenting Style Study

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is unfortunately common among adolescents and young adults, making it a concerning facet of psychiatric practice. NSSI can serve multiple functions such as: emotion regulation, sensation seeking, self-punishment and communication of distress. 

Given that NSSI could potentially lead to severe or lethal outcomes, understanding risk factors may guide prevention and intervention strategies.  Existing literature suggests that parenting styles and parental invalidation may play roles in the manifestation of NSSI in young people. Mind Science Centre’s study intends to investigate these associations in a local setting, by obtaining both parent and child reports of parenting.

Data analysis is currently in progress. More information will be coming up in the near future.