Mandy

Mind HK Ambassador

I AM... a mental health advocate.







"I learned to practice self-love and stopped searching for it elsewhere. "






Where/what has been important to you in your mental health journey? Why?

My school. I had depression and anxiety in my secondary school years. I could not get along with my classmates and was also bullied by one of them. I often felt helpless during this time of my life.


How has mental health affected your day to day life?

I could not maintain close relationships with anyone because of my mental health condition. I struggled to get along with my family and friends.

How would you describe yourself? What are your labels?

Introverted: I realised that I generate my energy from within. I love practicing mindfulness and being in nature. I could always reclaim my inner power by doing mindfulness exercises.


What gave you hope during your recovery?

My recovery process was a painful, but rewarding experience. I met a counsellor and we discussed my past traumatic experience. I realised that I had been repressing much of my anger and was used to avoiding my negative emotions ever since I was a child. During our sessions, I cried a lot to heal myself and to release my emotions. I would often feel much better afterwards.

Tell us about your life now.

I am more aware of my feelings and how mental health problems could affect me.

What has your mental health journey taught you?

I learned to practice self-love and stopped searching for it elsewhere.

 

Learn more about depression:

https://www.mind.org.hk/mental-health-a-to-z/depression/what-is-depression/

Learn more about anxiety:

https://www.mind.org.hk/mental-health-a-to-z/anxiety-and-panic-attacks/about-anxiety/

Seeking help in Hong Kong:

https://www.mind.org.hk/getting-help/

List of mental health services provided by local NGOs:

https://www.mind.org.hk/community-directory/

Find help now:

https://www.mind.org.hk/find-help-now/