More Than a Label: Looking Beyond Stigma
This event will be conducted in Cantonese.
More Than a Label: This is Our Story is a new book from local mental health charity Mind HK in partnership with Jardine Matheson’s Group’s charity initiative, MINDSET, which hopes to influence the public’s perception towards people with diagnosable mental health conditions. This book encourages the public to look beyond the stigmatising labels associated with mental health diagnoses. It is a collection of personal stories of mental health journeys, which seeks to showcase realistic portrayals of people who have faced mental health experiences, their recovery journey, and their holistic identity. This book hopes to raise awareness of the stigma towards persons with mental health conditions, celebrate the resilience and strength of people in recovery, and educate and equip the public with mental health knowledge to support themselves and others when in need. In today’s event, Ophelia Tam of Mind HK moderates a conversation with three Mind HK Ambassadors, Jonathan, Xanthe and Hilary, who share their stories and mental health journeys.
Mind HK is a registered S88 charity (91/16471) committed to improving awareness and understanding of mental health in Hong Kong. They collaborate with other local and international mental health charities and provide online support and training programmes, based on global best practice, to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and equip them with the resources they need. Through collaborative research, Mind HK is leading the way in understanding mental health problems in the city and providing its population with the right support and resources.
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Ophelia supports Mind HK’s website resources, campaigns, and is part of the anti-stigma campaign “More Than a Label” team. She believes raising public awareness of mental health is the ultimate first step to improving mental health and is passionate about using content and creative means to create a safe and supportive environment in Hong Kong whereby mental health conversations are normalised.
Jonathan has been involved in education and sustainable development for many years. As much as it takes time to cope with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, he hopes that by sharing his story, he can send the message that a positive lifestyle and the ability to suggest what others can do to help can help relieve ASD and ADHD.
Xan was born and raised in Hong Kong. She has dealt with Anxiety and Depression. Xan loves going to the theatre, doing yoga, learning languages and doing outdoor activities.
Hilary is a creative media and brand specialist who enjoys focusing on her holistic health and wellness through working out and practising mindfulness.