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.
Cecilia Yiu, Coolminds Project Manager
Cecilia graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Alberta in Canada. Prior to joining the Mind HK team, she worked as a primary school counselor at an international school. In the past 10 plus years since returning to Hong Kong she has felt and seen the impact the fast paced environment has on one’s mental health and a lack of access to information for seeking help. Having worked with different groups of young people in Hong Kong, she sees the importance of teaching the younger generation about their mental health and giving them tools to help them maintain positive mental health. Being a part of the Coolminds team as a part of Mind HK, she hopes to equip parents and educators to walk with the young people in their lives.
Henry Chan, Mental Health Education and Information Officer
Henry learned about Mind HK during the Mental Health Conference 2017, and joined the Mind HK team as Mental Health Education and Information Officer, 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 has become a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has been delivering mental health training and workshops since then. 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.
Carol Liang, Communications Manager
Carol has been at Mind HK since 2017. She leads communications strategy, campaigns, digital content, and media relations, with the goal of destigmatising mental health in Hong Kong and beyond. She organises 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 has 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 and a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. She is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and is passionate about everything public health, storytelling, and changing attitudes toward mental health.
Odile Thiang, Anti-stigma 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 projects 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.
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 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.
Janet Yung, Project Manager
Janet joined Mind HK in 2018, having first learned about the organisation via the 2017 Mental Health Conference. She works across various Mind HK projects as Programmes Manager, to support the need for greater awareness and access to support for mental health in Hong Kong. Her long-standing interest in mental health was initially sparked by a passion for physical health and sports, and the importance that both play in daily life and development.
Prior to joining Mind HK, Janet received her undergraduate degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, with a focus on developmental and urban economics, and has previously worked across the real estate investment and education fields. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and teaching, and believes it is never too late to learn something new.
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.
Dr Amelia Walter, Clinical Advisor
Dr. Amelia Walter is an Australian-trained Clinical Psychologist with over ten years’ clinical experience in child and adolescent mental health. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in early 2020, Amelia was the Clinical Lead of a multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health service in Sydney, Australia. In addition to her clinical roles, Amelia has an extensive background in research. She has worked on several projects investigating the effectiveness of interventions for neurodevelopmental and mental health difficulties in infants, children and adolescents, and has authored several peer-reviewed publications.
Amelia is passionate about challenging the stigma around mental health difficulties and ensuring that everyone has access to mental health support when they need it. Amelia began volunteering for Mind HK when she moved to Hong Kong, and was thrilled to officially become part of the Mind HK team as a Clinical Advisor in May 2020.
Charlotte Chan, Coolminds Website Project Coordinator
Charlotte is the Coolminds Website Project Coordinator at Mind HK. She was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently studies Dentistry at HKU. Through her experiences as a student and young adult, she has seen firsthand the impact mental illness and stigma can have on the lives of adolescents. Together with the Coolminds team, Charlotte helped create an online platform for students to access, create and share mental health resources and stories. She was also a committee member for the Youth Summit and 2020 Hong Kong Mental Health Conference. Currently, she contributes towards Coolminds’ social media, blog, content development and Youth Advisory Committee. Through education and empowerment, she hopes to promote healthy conversations and shift the way mental health is viewed, understood, and discussed by youth and those around them.
Ophelia Tam, Digital Content Officer
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 just 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, she realised that there is an increasing need for mental health services in Hong Kong, yet public awareness of mental health is insufficient, and the importance of maintaining mental wellbeing is underestimated. 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 encourage everyone to speak openly about mental health and seek help when needed.
Nicole Lee, Coolminds Project Coordinator
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.
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.
Jack Berry, Youth Wellbeing Practitioner (YWP) Service Delivery Co-ordinator
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.
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 4 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.
Charlotte Kerwin, Programme Research and Development Officer
Charlotte joined Mind HK in 2019, through personal experience she knows the impact that stigma can have on those suffering with mental illness and is dedicated to the importance of improving the understanding of mental health and access to quality mental health care. Using research skills developed from her undergraduate and masters degrees from SOAS University of London she supports the development of projects across Mind HK, including partnerships and fundraising and the YWP project as well as keeping up to date with the local and international mental health landscape. Charlotte is based in London, UK allowing her to liaise with our UK based international partners.
Dr Melody Lau, Clinical Advisor (IAPT Clinical Risk Management Lead)
Dr Melody Lau is a practising doctor in the UK. She has a degree in Biomedical Sciences from University College London and a medical degree from The University of Sheffield. She has been specialising in Psychiatry for six years and is currently half way through her postgraduate psychiatry training at the Maudsley Training Programme/King’s College London. As part of her psychiatry training, she has worked in community, inpatient and secure settings. She has experience in various subspecialties within psychiatry, with a particular interest in mental illnesses in people with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disability.
Born in Hong Kong and having spent her childhood and adolescent years here, Melody has first-hand experience of the difficulties youths face in Hong Kong and is determined to help with what she can. She joined Mind HK as a Clinical Advisor in March 2021 to help support the implementation of the Improved Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) project.