Singapore University of Social Sciences

C3A Curriculum on Mental Well-being – Riding the Waves of Change Smiling

C3A Curriculum on Mental Well-being – Riding the Waves of Change Smiling (CETW005)

Applications Open: 31 March 2024

Applications Close: 28 September 2024

Next Available Intake: 12 October 2024

Course Types: Short Course

Language: English

Duration: 1 day

Fees: $100

Area of Interest: Others, Social Services

Schemes: National Silver Academy (NSA)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: SUSS Academy

Level: Basic
Duration: 1 day
Dates: 13 April, 12 October, 9 November 2024
Venue: Singapore University of Social Sciences


Discover how you can strengthen your mental resilience and well-being, which are important factors of successful ageing! Join us to learn about mental well-being and the common issues affecting it. In our daily lives, we may face stressors which affect our ability to experience life in a positive manner and could increase our vulnerability to mental health difficulties. Through experiential learning, this course will help you pick up practical tips to enhance and maintain your mental well-being.

Who Should Attend

Senior citizens, caregiver


WHY seniors are prone to mental well-being challenges?

  • Challenges of Ageing

WHAT are the common mental well-being issues faced by seniors?

  • Common Mental Well-Being Issues in Seniors

HOW to deal with them?

  • Successful Ageing and How to Get There
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Mental Well-Being
  • Tips on Self-Care for Better Mental Well-being


  • Be aware of some most common mental well-being issues faced by seniors and why they occur.
  • Be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of these mental well-being issues, and know of approaches, techniques and resources to prevent and manage them.
  • Acquire a positive outlook towards ageing.

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge and Understanding (Theory Component)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Changes associated with ageing that challenge seniors’ mental well-being

  • Stress and its physiological reactions

  • Common mental well-being issues of stress, anxiety and depression, and their signs and symptoms

  • Complications of mental ill-being

  • Factors that promote mental well-being and resilience

B. Key Skills (Practical Component)

At the end of this course, participants will be able to apply practical tips, identify positive attitudes and mindsets to cultivate for enhancing and sustaining mental well-being, namely:

  • How to maintain mental well-being as we age

  • Medical and professional care: What, Where, When and How to seek help

  • Accepting mental health issues as being a common human experience, overcoming the prejudices and stigma against them

  • Confident that anyone can overcome mental health issues with a positive mindset and some external help

  • Have empathy and motivation to reach out to and connect with families and friends as a means to strengthen mental well-being in oneself and others


 Day 1
09:00 – 09:30
Welcome and Introduction
09:30 – 10:15Game
10:15 – 10:45Lecture
10:45 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:00Lecture
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:00Reflection
14:00 – 15:00Lecture
15:00 – 15:15Break
15:15 – 15:45 Group Discussion
15:45 – 16:15Summary of Learning Points
16:15 – 16:30Closing

Singapore University of Social Sciences reserves the right to amend and/or revise the above schedule without prior notice


  • Attendees should have a basic understanding of English language

About the Trainer


Associate Professor Ivy Chia
S R Nathan School of Human Development

Dr Ivy Chia is currently the Head of Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She received her PhD from University of Cambridge, and completed her Masters at the University College London. She is an advocate of mental well-being and interested in building resilience for latter years. She is also a certified Lego Serious Play facilitator, and did training in “Designing Your Life” series started by the Stanford Life Design Lab. The latter explores how to reframe life goals, to get unstuck in life issues, so as to experience life more fully and meaningfully.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents to

  1. Coloured copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or "Employment"/"S" Pass for foreign applicant
  2. Application form

Course Fee

Singaporeans aged below 50 / Permanent Resident / Other Resident

National Silver Academy Subsidy1
(S’poreans aged 50 and above)
Full Course fee (A)$100$100
NSA subsidy (80%) (B)-($80)
Nett course fee (A) - (B) = (C)$100$20
9% GST on nett course fee (D)$9$9
Total nett course fee payable, including GST (C) + (D) = (E)$109$29

1National Silver Academy Subsidy

Singaporeans aged 50 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 80% of the course fees.

The course fees are reviewed annually and may be revised. The University reserves the right to adjust the course fees without prior notice.

For clarification, please contact the SUSS Academy via the following:

Telephone: +65 6248 0263
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