In honour of World Poetry Day, Mind HK is teaming up with Peel Street Poetry for a night of open mic poetry to showcase poetry readings of people who have lived experience with mental health in Hong Kong. Register here

Join us for an intimate mental health poetry reading and sharing on March 29th from 8pm to 10pm at Social Room, Central! The event will be hosted by Vish, Mind HK Ambassador and regular contributor of Peel Street Poetry. Come join us in listening to our ambassadors share their unique take on mental health storytelling through autobiographical poems on depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other conditions that they have written.

The event is free entry but registration is required to allow us to have an approximate guest count. Donations are welcome and encouraged – all proceeds will go back to support Mind HK’s anti-stigma work.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 29th March 2023

Time: 8PM – 10PM HKT

Mode: In person mental health poetry sharing event

Location: Social Room Hong Kong (3/F, Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley St, Central)

Moderator: Vishal (Mind HK Ambassador)

Host : Peel Street Poetry

Language: English moderation, poems in Cantonese or other languages welcome!

Price: The event is free entry, donations are welcome and encouraged – all proceeds will go back to support Mind HK’s anti-stigma work.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-kinds-of-minds-poetry-for-mental-health-tickets-560052360687

Organised by Peel Street Poetry in support of Mind HK, open to donations.

Moderator bio:

Vish, Mind HK Ambassador:

Vish is a writer and spoken word performer in between being a creative writing teacher. He has been a fixture of the poetry and performance scene, featuring in events including TEDx, SoFar Sounds, and the Hong Kong Literary Festival. In 2021 his debut poetry collection Please stand back from the platform door was published by Proverse Publishing.

Organiser: Peel Street Poetry

Peel Street Poetry has been at the center of th English Language Poetry scene in Hong Kong for over a decade. It hosts open mic poetry nights at Social Room every Wednesday. Open mics are always free, while one-off events can be ticketed or free, and almost always raise funds for local charitable causes.

Click here to learn more about the ‘More Than a Label’ antistigma programme: www.morethanalabelhk.com

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“More than a Label 我就是我” is Mind HK campaign in partnership with MINDSET, which stems from their goal of changing and influencing the public’s perception towards persons with diagnosable mental health conditions. Funded by Jardines Matheson, this campaign encourages the public to look beyond the typical, stigmatising, labels associated with mental health diagnoses. Through personal stories of mental health journeys, we showcase realistic portrayals of people who have faced mental health problems are in recovery to ignite hope in others and encourage help-seeking.

With this campaign, we hope to raise awareness of the stigma towards mental health conditions, celebrate the resilience and strength of people in recovery, and educate and equip the public with mental health knowledge. We believe this will encourage more conversation in mental health, which will in turn help destigmatise mental health in Hong Kong.