Emotions are just the way they are. Whether they are positive or negative, they deserve our attention and care. When you or your loved ones feel down, what would you do? Would you try to push the thoughts, feelings, and emotions away or accept it?


Your mental health does matter. However, there is still much more for us to learn in this area. We are inviting you to join the first Manulife x Mind HK Your Mental Health Matters event with 2 sessions to know more about techniques for managing our own and others’ emotions.


Benjamin Au Yeung (Ben Sir), a scholar in Linguistics with over 30 years of teaching experience and also a TV host and actor, will join us to talk more about mental health. He has been actively working with schools and other organisations to raise awareness on youth mental health through talks and events. In addition, Candice, Mind HK’s CEO and clinical psychologist, and Opal, our very own clinical advisor and counselling psychologist will be there to share useful tips for handling emotions from a professional perspective. Get your spot while the quota lasts! Register here


Date: 21 June 2024 (Friday)

Time and topics: (2 sessions to choose from, quota is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis)

Session 1: 6:30-7:15pm (How to manage our emotions) and/or

Session 2: 7:45-8:30pm (How to manage others’ emotions)

Venue: Quarryside (8-min walk from exit B2 of Quarry Bay station)

Registration: Online registration with free entry (a refundable deposit of HKD50 is required for each session)

Language: Cantonese

Registration link: bit.ly/MindHK_June2024

*This event is organised by Mind HK, with support from Headline Sponsor Manulife.




Benjamin Au Yeung Wai Hoo (Ben Sir) – Expert in Linguistics and Former Senior Lecturer

Dr Ben Au Yeung (Ben Sir) is an expert in linguistics with a focus on syntax in Chinese. He founded Ben Sir’s Academy in 2020 and developed Chinese and English zoom classes for primary and secondary students. Apart from being a former senior lecturer in the Chinese Department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he is also a host and actor in the entertainment industry. He received a BA and Mphil from CUHK, and a PhD from HKUST.


Dr. Candice Powell  – Mind HK Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Candice Powell joined Mind HK as Chief Executive Officer in September 2022. She is trained as a clinical psychologist at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining Mind HK, she worked at New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, one of Hong Kong’s largest community mental health NGOs, for 13 years. She is an honorary lecturer at The University of Hong Kong and a fellow of The Hong Kong Psychological Society, vice-chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology of HKPS, and a training officer of the Association of Contextual and Behavioural Science (Hong Kong Chapter). She is an awardee of Hong Kong Professional Elite Ladies Selection 2022.

Candice is diversely trained in evidence-based psychological intervention. Apart from being a practitioner, she is also a rigorous researcher and widely published in academic journals and presented her study findings at local and international conferences. She has developed innovative intervention programmes for improving people’s mental health and well-being. She introduced Mindful Parenting, digitised Unified Protocol for emotional disorders, and established a stepped-care psychological service in Hong Kong. She hopes everyone with emotional distress can easily access quality psychological services.


Opal Li  – Mind HK Clinical Advisor and Counselling Psychologist

Opal joined Mind HK as a Clinical Advisor in September 2023. She is a locally trained counselling psychologist who has rich experience and insight in the challenges that young adults in Hong Kong face nowadays, for example, depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, traumas, helplessness and hopelessness, interpersonal issues and personal growth.

She mainly uses ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), in combination of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), SFBT (Solution-focused Brief Therapy) in a client centred approach, to facilitate emotionally challenged individuals to regain psychological flexibility and resilience, at the same time clarify their values to can make meaningful changes in life to change one’s own conditions. In addition, she also had solid experience in supporting parents to process and gain clarity in parenting related stress, identify ineffective parenting styles and make adjustments accordingly, in order to support children’s healthy development.

In addition, Opal is also a qualified mindfulness facilitator in curriculums including Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Paws B and .b programs.


Terms and Conditions:

  1. During the event, the organiser will take photographs or videos for future promotional purposes.
  2. If you sign up to participate in two sessions, a total deposit of HKD 100 is required. The deposit will be refunded within 10 working days after the event, or you may choose to donate the deposit to support mental health services provided by Mind HK.
  3. The organiser reserves the right to modify, change, or suspend the event. In case of disputes, the relevant regulations or interpretations by the organiser will apply and may be supplemented at any time. By participating in the event, participants indicate their acceptance of this statement.
  4. Your personal information (including name, telephone number, etc.) will be used solely for the purpose of communications for the event. 


Inclement weather arrangements

The organiser reserves the right to postpone or cancel the event in case of inclement weather, including Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above, Black Rainstorm Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning, or any other hazardous conditions as deemed by the Hong Kong Observatory. 


  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 or 3, or Amber or Red Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted 3 hours before the event, the event will proceed as scheduled. 
  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above, or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted 3 hours before the event, the event will be postponed until further announcement. 
  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted during the event, considering the unstable weather conditions and for the sake of safety, the event will continue with special arrangements. 
  • Participants will be informed of any changes via email, the official event website, and social media. Please refer to the organiser’s latest announcement.


*If the event is postponed,  arrangements on the rescheduled event will be announced within 10 working days. Participants unable to attend the rescheduled event will receive a full refund of paid deposit.

**If the event is cancelled, participants are eligible for a full refund of deposit within 10 working days. 

***The organiser shall not be liable for any costs or losses due to event changes caused by inclement weather.