Dr Hannah Reidy, CEO
Hannah has been with Mind HK since 2016, and was on the team that officially launched the charity at the Hong Kong Mental Health Conference in November 2017. She worked with local Minds in the UK for 8 years as a Social Inclusion Worker, Scheme Leader, and latterly as a Trustee.
She is a UK trained Clinical Psychologist with degrees from Oxford University and University College London, and practices clinically in Hong Kong when not working at Mind HK. Hannah has a special interest in Early Psychosis, and lectures as an Honorary Assistant Professor on the HKU Masters in Psychosis course. Hannah first visited Hong Kong for a summer in 2008 and fell in love with the city, and is delighted that she is able to live and work here for the charity and the cause that she is so passionate about.
Po Wan Cheng, COO
Po Wan joined Mind HK in May 2018, after its official launch at the Hong Kong Mental Health Conference in November 2017. Prior to joining Mind HK, she was at MSCI for 8 years, where she had set up the APAC Corporate Services function as its regional head. She was Executive Director, responsible for the overall facility, office and administrative management across 10 APAC regional offices, and had completed over a dozen facility projects when she left in 2018.
She was Partner – Compliance and Operations at TTG (HK) Ltd (TTG), where she was also a qualified financial adviser, registered with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission for 5 years. She then transferred from TTG as one of the key personnel to set up an affiliated company, NAV Ltd, in the position of Associate Director, and was responsible for the overall operations of the company. Po Wan also held senior executive roles with other Hong Kong based financial institutions and Christie’s Hong Kong. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hull.
Po Wan is passionate about applying her 15-plus years of senior operational and administrative management background to Mind HK’s cause.
Jack Berry, Youth Wellbeing Practitioner (YWP) Service Delivery Coordinator
Jack joined Mind HK in January 2021 after moving from England where he was a Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner working for Mind in the UK. Having studied Psychology at Undergraduate level, Jack completed his post graduate qualification in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has been practicing for over 5 years within the NHS.
Having worked at Mind in the UK and knowing the good work the charity does, it was a logical step for Jack to join the affiliate NGO in Hong Kong. With his clinical experience within evidence-based therapies in England, he is now working on the Youth Wellbeing Practitioner (YWP) project which is aiming to replicate the successful approach to accessible mental health services available in the UK. Outside of Mind HK, Jack also provides one to one talking therapy treatments for individuals with common mental health problems, using his skills learnt within the NHS.
Jack is passionate about early intervention and making evidence-based treatment accessible to those that need it. He believes that timely help can reduce the impact of mental health problems and help should not be dependent on income and should be available for all.
Henry Chan, Training Coordinator
Henry learned about Mind HK during the Mental Health Conference 2017, and joined the Mind HK team, as he wishes to improve the mental health condition in Hong Kong through education and awareness works.
Henry obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Bath and worked as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist at a local hospital in the United Kingdom before coming back to his hometown. His previous work focused on conducting assessments and light intensity rehabilitations for individuals with various backgrounds. During work, he realised that there are huge differences in mental health attitudes and knowledge between the HK and UK community. The stigma has a significant impact on a person’s experience and recovery.
Therefore, Henry joined Mind HK aiming to improve the current situation and contribute through education and awareness work. He is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and delivers mental health training and workshops.. He believes that reducing stigma and improving awareness are the first steps to improve support in Hong Kong, and he also wishes to collaborate and work with different like-minded parties to facilitate such change.
Teresa Chan, Clinical Advisor
Teresa is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist who has worked for over 10 years in the field of clinical mental health. She has a background in Psychology at both an undergraduate and master’s level and completed her training in the UK, where she specialised in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Prior to moving to Hong Kong at the end of 2018, Teresa worked in various psychological therapy settings within the National Health Service (NHS) across London, Surrey and Hampshire in the UK.
Teresa currently works clinically in Hong Kong providing one-to-one talking therapy treatments for adult individuals experiencing mental health problems, and has a special interest in working with anxiety disorders. Teresa first heard about Mind HK shortly after she moved to Hong Kong, and was really impressed by the charity’s mission and commitment to facilitate access to mental health services. She was therefore delighted at the opportunity to be able to support and contribute to the team as a part-time clinical advisor after joining in Feb 2020.
Melissa Kong, Development and Partnerships Manager
Melissa joined Mind HK in November 2020 and leads the development, partnerships and fundraising strategy working closely with a variety of stakeholders and building long, lasting relationships.
Born and raised in Scotland, Melissa brings over 8 years’ experience managing international creative projects in the public and private sector in Hong Kong. Having seen first hand the impact of mental health personally and professionally; Melissa is committed to destigmatising and raising awareness of mental health issues especially in the workplace as well as in the wider community.
Melissa is a great believer in the benefits of physical exercise for mental wellbeing. Outside of work, she is an active member of the local netball ladies league and is also a keen salsa dancer.
Karen Lau, Clinical Advisor
Karen joined Mind HK as a Clinical Advisor in August 2021. She is a Clinical Psychologist who has received her psychology training in institutions across the Asia-Pacific region (NUS, HKU and ANU) so as to better serve people facing challenges in these unique contexts.
Karen has a special interest in supporting adults and youths who struggle with specific anxiety disorders. Her expertise also extends to conditions relating to chronic self-harm, complex PTSD, and BPD. In helping her clients overcome these challenges, Karen applies comprehensive evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, ACT, Compassion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Schema Therapy.
Apart from her clinical work, Karen is serving Médecins Sans Frontières as a Mental Health Supervisor overseeing psychosocial projects. She is also a Visiting Lecturer in Psychology at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Karen dedicates much of her time to humanitarian work. She has served in Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mainland China and the Philippines. With UNICEF, she has also advocated for children’s welfare in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Karen is devoted to combining her love for humanitarian work and clinical skills to help others learn, heal and grow.
Nicole Lee, Coolminds Project Manager
Nicole grew up in Hong Kong and attained her degree in English Studies and French from the University of Hong Kong in 2017. Prior to joining Mind HK, she spent 3 years at a local NGO and managed multi-year service projects and corporate collaborations focusing on mental health and Special Educational Needs (SEN) of vulnerable children and youth. Having experienced first-hand how mental health problems have impacted both patients and carers, she is driven to dedicate herself in the field aiming to combat stigma and raise awareness of mental health in the local community. In her spare time, she loves hiking, doing yoga and water sports to de-stress.
Natalie Leung, Coolminds Project Coordinator
Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is passionate about mental health issues. Having seen the firsthand experience of mental illness and its impacts on her family and friends, she realised how little mental health is talked about in Hong Kong and is motivated to alleviate the stigma and misconceptions towards mental illness by raising public awareness in the community. With over 2 years of experience in supporting children and youth, she believes early education and prevention play a crucial role in youth mental health. She hopes to bring her experience to Mind HK and the Coolminds team to help advocate for better understanding and open conversations towards mental health issues and to spread the message that everyone should take care of their own mental wellbeing and those around them.
Carol Liang, Head of Communications and External Relations
Carol has been at Mind HK since 2017. She leads communications strategy, campaigns, digital content, and external relations, with the goal of destigmatising mental health in Hong Kong and beyond. She has organised the annual Mind HK Media Awards and previously sat on the organising committee of the Hong Kong Mental Health Conference in 2017 and 2020.
Carol previously supported public health development and communication programmes for the UN and a number of health-focused NGOs and digital health start-ups in Boston, New York, and Geneva. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Medical Humanities from Boston College, a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University, and is currently training to be counsellor. She is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and is passionate about everything public health, storytelling, and changing attitudes toward mental health.
Dr Hannah Sugarman, Clinical Advisor
Dr Hannah Sugarman is a Clinical Psychologist from the UK. Hannah works in clinical practice, providing talking therapy treatment for adults who are experiencing mental health problems. She has a special interest in the interaction between physical and mental health and is passionate about challenging the stigma around mental health. Hannah’s background is in neuropsychology and physical health settings, having worked previously in hospitals and community rehabilitation in the UK. Hannah also worked in an “IAPT” service in the UK, and she uses this experience in her work on Mind HK’s YWP project which aims to offer a similar model of low intensity primary care interventions to youth in Hong Kong.
Hannah started volunteering with Mind HK when she first relocated to Hong Kong in 2017, arriving just in time for the Hong Kong Mental Health Conference and the launch of Mind HK. She was thrilled to get the opportunity to work with the charity on projects and campaigns addressing mental health awareness and challenging stigma, providing input to Mind HK on a voluntary basis. In March 2019, Hannah officially became part of the Mind HK team, working part-time as a Clinical Advisor.
Ophelia Tam, Digital Content Coordinator
Ophelia has been passionate about psychology since a young age, knowing that the human mind and behaviour plays an important part in her personal growth and overcoming difficult moments in life. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong majoring in psychology. As she gained insight on mental health issues in Hong Kong through her studies and IAPT practicum during her undergraduate programme, she realised there is an existing gap between public awareness of mental health and help-seeking behaviour, and the importance of taking care of mental health is underestimated. There are still misunderstandings towards mental health and deeply rooted beliefs towards mental health that impede people from reaching out when needed. She believes raising public awareness of mental health is the ultimate first step to improving mental health in Hong Kong. She is excited to be a part of the Mind HK team and use digital content to create a safe and supportive environment in Hong Kong to normalise mental health conversations.
Odile Thiang, Antistigma Project Manager
Odile has been involved with Mind HK since 2016, and was on the team that officially launched the charity at the 2017 Hong Kong Mental Health Conference. Odile is a clinical advisor, trainer and the Anti-Stigma Project Manager. She was involved in the planning of the 2017 and 2020 Hong Kong Mental Health Conferences.
Odile is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in child and adolescent care. She championed quality improvement initiatives in mental health care. Odile is currently a Child & Adolescent Teaching Fellow at the HK Polytechnic University School of Nursing. She is also a Clinical Care Coordinator with the Child Development Team, supporting collaborative developmental and mental health care to children and adolescents. Her extensive experience has allowed her to cultivate a strong focus in paediatric care, with a unique exposure to child and adolescent mental health.
Vicki Tsang, Antistigma Project Coordinator
Vicki graduated with a Masters in Social Work with a strong background and passion in mental health and psychology stemming from her Bachelors in Psychology.
With over five years of experience in mental health initiatives and supporting people with their mental health in both Vancouver and Edinburgh, Vicki hopes to bring her experience to Mind HK and help destigmatize mental health in Hong Kong. She hopes to normalize the conversation around mental health and the need for mental health support in the bustling city of Hong Kong where the conversation surrounding mental health can be a taboo topic. Prior to joining Mind HK, Vicki worked to support UNHCR and refugees as they are another one of Hong Kong’s most stigmatized population groups.
Vicki is an outdoor enthusiast and an advocate for spending quality time in nature. In her personal time, she is a keen marathoner, occasionally ultramarathoner, hiker and an avid climber.
Dr Pinky Tso, Content Advisor
Pinky joined Mind HK in 2019 as a volunteer and is now a Content Advisor at Mind HK. As someone born and raised in Hong Kong, Pinky understands why so many people in Hong Kong always have a high level of stress. She believes that everyone shall have an enjoyable life if they know how to cope with stressors. She is passionate about helping people to improve their life quality and happiness with her experience as a business executive and a health educator, especially those who are draining with mental health challenges.
Pinky is grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Mind HK team. She is a qualified mental health first aid instructor and has provided online and in person training on various issues relating to mental health to the public, schools and corporations. She is also a part-time lecturer teaching master’s degree courses relating to sport and health at Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Pinky got a PhD (Department of Sports, Physical Education and Health, Hong Kong Baptist University), MPsyMed (Psychosis Studies) (Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong), MSc (Exercise Science) (Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong), MBA (Brunel University, UK) and BA (Political Science) (University of South Florida, US).
Chloe Wong, HR and Admin Officer
Chloe joined Mind HK in April 2021 in the capacity of HR and Admin Officer. She was born and raised in Hong Kong and previously worked in a moving company and over 10 years’ experience in HR administration and office administration.
Dr Esther Wong, Clinical Advisor
Dr Esther Wong is a Clinical Psychologist who works in private clinical practice, providing psychotherapy to teenagers and adults who are experiencing mental health problems. She has a special interest in working with individuals who struggle with maintaining healthy relationships with others, and helping them build healthier attachments and relationships to themselves and to others. Prior to private clinical practise, Esther worked as a School Psychologist where she gained much experience in breaking stigma towards Mental health and normalizing seeking help.
Esther started at Mind HK In June 2021 where she is working on the YWP project as a clinical advisor. Esther strongly believes that mental health support, just like physical health support, should be accessible to everyone. She is also passionate about promoting mental health support as a preventive strategy, rather than solely from an intervention or a crisis approach.
Esther is very proud to be part of such a wonderful charity that shares the same vision and goals as her own!
Matthew Wong, Programmes and Operations Manager
Matthew has been with Mind HK since September 2021. Growing up in Australia, his passion and interest has always been within the realms of mental health and disability. From attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science as well as Masters in Autism Studies to working in various NGOs, he has always dedicated his time and effort to supporting individuals with varying capabilities.
Matthew has officially moved back to Hong Kong over three years ago and has since completed an International and Public NGO Management course. Noticing the difference in mental health attitudes and available support of both places, Matthew is now committed to raising awareness of mental health issues in Hong Kong as well as advocating for equal opportunities.
Rachel Wong, Youth Wellbeing Practitioner (YWP) Service Coordinator
Rachel joined Mind HK in March 2021 and serves as the Youth Wellbeing Practitioner Programme Service Coordinator, where she assists with stakeholder engagement, budgeting and overall project management. Rachel brings over four years of experience managing international and local projects in both the private and public sector in Hong Kong, with her previous job as an Assistant Program Manager at a local NGO. Having seen the impact that untreated mental health issues can have on friends and family, Rachel is committed to raising awareness of mental health issues and creating more conversation to help destigmatize mental health issues.