Shan You.

Shan You is a social service agency founded in 1995 to provide mental health and social care services to our community.

A registered charity with the status of Institutions of a Public Character (IPC), Shan You is also a full member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

Through our services, which are available to all in the community, regardless of race, religion and ability to pay, we seek to improve the mental and social well-being of people from all walks of life.

Today, Shan You operates two centres, which are Shan You Counselling Centre in Kallang and Shan You Wellness Community in Eunos.

Overview
Shan You.

Our Name

“Shan You” (善友) is derived from the Pali word “Kalyanamitta”, which means “Noble Friend”. A “Noble Friend” is one who is compassionate, mindful, moral and wise. With these guiding values, we strive to be a “Shan You” to all.

Vision

To be a renowned hub of excellence for mental health and community wellness services for the well-being of all.

Mission

To deliver accessible and effective services that enhance the mental and social well-being of individuals and families in the community.

Values

At Shan You, our core values help guide us in the decisions we make and the services we provide.

Compassion

To alleviate the suffering of all without exception.

Mindfulness

To be open to experiences in the present moment without judgment.

Morality

To act in an ethical way that is free from causing harm.

Wisdom

To see and understand what is true and factual.

We serve all in the community, regardless of race, religion and ability to pay. Our service values represent our commitment to serve those in need as best as we can.

Purposiveness

We act with a conscious intention to render services for the well-being of all.

Accountability

We are responsible to our community, donors and stakeholders.

Respect

We possess regard for the autonomy, dignity and rights of others.

Togetherness

We work together with a shared sense of purpose in fulfilling our vision and mission.

Integrity

We believe in being truthful and fair in our words and actions.

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Our Logo

Shan You.

The “O” encapsulates the idea that we are all connected as one in a circle of life where things are constantly changing.

The Chinese Characters “善友” (Shan You) describe a trusted friend who possesses the noble qualities of compassion, morality, mindfulness and wisdom.

Rendered in blue and gold, the blue colour symbolises wisdom and compassion while the gold colour represents confidence and a sense of completion.

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Milestones

1991

Funded by the Tai Pei Foundation. Buddhist Fellowship (formerly Buddhist Graduate Fellowship) set up Tai Pei Counselling Centre, the first Buddhist counselling centre in Singapore.

1993

With the expansion of services, the Centre moved to Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery and was renamed as Ren Ci Counselling Centre.

1995

  • Initial plans by monastery to move the Centre to Ren Ci Hospital, a hospital for chronically ill patients.
  • However, a decision was reached to operate an independent counselling centre for serving the community and preventing frequent relocations.
  • Shan You Counselling Centre was established and registered as a society on 17 June.
  • The name of Shan You Counselling Centre was suggested by Venerable Mun Cheng and endorsed by the Management Committee.
  • Situated at Lorong 35, Geylang.

1998

Shan You Counselling Centre relocated to the void deck of Block 9 Upper Boon Keng Road in May.

2006

  • Moved to current premises at Block 5 Upper Boon Keng Road due to HDB’s redevelopment programme.
  • The location was chosen for easy accessibility by public transport and its close proximity to the community that the Centre aims to serve.

2010

Shan You Wellness Community was set up in 2010 to extend the social impact of our work by providing social care to the elderly and less privileged individuals.

2017

Shan You Counselling Centre was restructured in 2017 to better align with our strategic directions and fully represent our diverse services. Shan You Counselling Centre was renamed Shan You and manages

  • Shan You Counselling Centre
  • Shan You Wellness Community
  • Shan You Professional Training

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