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   2016

   
    Commenced research project with the National University 
    of Singapore (NUS) - Next Age Institute and Coroner's Court.

    Adopted by the Rotary Club of Singapoe (RCS) as their major
    project to support through fundraising.

    Joined national cross-agency sub-committee for research on
    youth suicide. 

 

2015

SOS services were expanded.

SOS engaged social media for the first time to spread its message for World Suicide Prevention Day 2015. The campaign generated close to 4.5million online impressions in Singapore over eight days. 

 

2014

SOS was transferred from the National Council of Social Service's Children, Youth & Family Service department to the newly set-up Mental Health department. NCSS now describes SOS as an organisation focusing on suicide intervention and management. 

The Singapore Association for Social Workers (SASW) and Singapore Association for Counsellors (SAC) recognised professional training programmes by SOS as continuing professional education (CPE) courses. As of June 2014, the Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop (SISW), Suicide Postvention Skills Workshop (SPSW) and the newly launched Clinical Skills in Suicide Work (CSSW) are accepted for the renewal of accreditation and membership status at 1 CPE credit per hour.

SOS commemorated the International Survivors of Suicide Loss (ISOS Loss) day for the first time. A gathering for survivors was organised on 22 Nov, where the survivors watched a screening of a video titled The Journey, produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention specifically for ISOS Loss Day 2014. As part of honouring and remembering their loved ones, survivors also "planted" a flower in memory of who they lost. It was also an opportunity to mingle with each other over a buffet lunch.

To further strengthen its evidence-based practice, SOS set up its own research arm to look into information and findings that can aid local suicide prevention and intervention work.

SOS revamped its website to expand its community outreach efforts online.

2013

SOS updated its constitution to better reflect the organisation's vision, mission and structure.

SOS published Letters to Aly: Surviving my BFF’s Suicide by Lee-Ann in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day. It is first time a local teenage suicide survivor exposes the wound of losing her best friend to suicide in a book. The compilation of her diary entries recounts her journey to recovery. Letters to Aly was shortlisted for the Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award in 2015 by the National Book Development Council of Singapore.

SOS was selected to be a part of the Care and Share Movement. Through this fund-raising initiative, the government matched dollar-for-dollar every donation made from December 2013 to March 2016.

    

2011

SOS expanded its counselling service to meet the growing demand of this service.

A new training programme, called Youth Support Youth (YSY), was developed as part of a collaborative effort between SOS and the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT), and Silver Ribbon (Singapore).

2010

SOS held a 2-day conference on 8 and 9 September in conjunction with the Suicide Awareness Week and in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Professor Graham Martin, National advisor on suicide prevention to the Australian Government, was the keynote speaker.

The website was revamped to make it more user-friendly and information on all publicity materials were updated to enhance SOS’ corporate image and communication with the general public.

2008

SOS received the Non-Profit Organisation Award for Volunteer Management during the National Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards 2008.

SOS published Yin’s Why? When Both My Parents Took their Lives, the first book in Singapore to tell the story of a suicide survivor in the local context. The book provides invaluable insight into the grief journey of a suicide survivor in Singapore and can provide hope and comfort to other survivors.

2006

The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivor (LOSS) programme was officially launched island-wide. It was the first outreach programme in Asia to provide information and emotional support to suicide survivors. SOS also started to conduct training in suicide postvention.

SOS revised its mission and revamped its logo.

2004

A new Community Gatekeepers Training programme was launched together with the Emotional First Aid workshop for youths. 

2003

SOS started the Email Befriending service, and the first suicide bereavement support group in Singapore, the Healing Bridge.

2001

SOS relocated to Block 10 Cantonment Close. The office was officially opened on 12 January 2002 by Mr Mah Bow Tan, then Minister for National Development and Patron of SOS. The occasion was graced by His Excellency SR Nathan, the President of the Republic of Singapore.

1993

SOS organised its first annual Suicide Prevention Week(thereafter renamed Suicide Awareness Week), a community outreach programme in conjunction with the World Suicide Prevention day.

SOS published The Wish to Die: Suicidal Behaviour in Singapore by Kok Lee Peng, Tsoi Wing-Foo, Maureen Fung.

1992

In line with its suicide prevention work, SOS and National Council of Social Service (NCSS) jointly organized a 2-day Suicide Intervention Workshop for local helping professionals.

SOS was involved in overseas training, presenting a research paper at the the Silver Anniversary Conference of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in Chicago, Illinois. SOS also conducted two Suicide Intervention Workshops at the Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors of Asia (APECA) 9th Biennial Conference in Indonesia and another one at the Women Crisis Centre (Pusat Krisis Anita) in Penang, Malaysia.

1991

With the introduction of toll-free lines, the SOS Hotline number was changed to 1800-221- 4444.

1989

SOS moved to Block 18 Outram Park #03-21, which offered more room for operations and training.

1986

A special emergency line was installed for referring agencies, SOS leaders and clients in crisis.

To meet the increasing demands of the SOS services, additional full-time and part-time staff were recruited as the organisation developed a new organisation structure with complete job specifications and salary scales. 

1976

The SOS Hotline telephone number was changed to 221 4444.

1976

SOS moved to its own premises at 591A New Bridge Road.

1973

The single telephone line was increased to two lines and the number was changed to 91444.

1969

The Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) began its suicide prevention hotline in an office at the YWCA Centre, 254 Outram Road, with the telephone line number 96544.

 

 

 

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