Mind HK in partnership with MINDSET are organising this event to showcase a panel discussion with our LGBTQ+ identifying ambassadors, Kristeen and Kopal! Register now.
Join us in a panel discussion with our LGBTQ+ identifying ambassadors, Kristeen and Kopal, who will be sharing their lived experience with mental health struggles and their recovery journey. They will also be discussing how discrimination has impacted their mental health and the strength they found within their identities to drive their recovery.
Alongside people with mental health experience, the LGBTQ+ community is another group of people with stories to be heard by society. The LGBTQ+ community also encounters a unique set of challenges when it comes to mental health. According to research, LGBTQ+ adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition and transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals to have a mental health condition.
Many factors aside, this is due to the fact that many people identifying as LGBTQ+ also face discrimination, family rejection, harassment and a fear of violence, simply for being who they are.
Join us to celebrate our pride and our unique experiences and identities!
Registration for this event is required, and all proceeds will go back towards the anti-stigma programme and its effort in destigmatising mental health.
Date: Saturday, 24th February 2024
Time: 12PM – 1PM HKT
Mode: In-person panel discussion
Location: JC Cube, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Language: English (Simultaneous interpretation available)
Regular tickets: $150 HKD
Student / Mind HK Partner / NGO Staff Tickets: Free (please use either school or work email in registration). If you are not in these categories and need financial support attending this event, please email us at [email protected]
Kristeen (心聆大使 Mind HK Ambassador)
Kristeen (she/her) is a technologist at a US-based business consultancy, where she implements sales and marketing automation for clients internationally. A Filipina born and raised in Hong Kong, she went through the local education system as an ethnic minority and hid her identity as a lesbian.
After decades of feeling “out of place”, she had a major depressive episode in college and sought counseling for the first time. In 2022, she received her ADHD diagnosis and in 2023, finally came out to her family. The biggest lesson she’s learned? Being authentic is a continuous process—the ups and downs of the journey are part of developing your inner peace.
Kopal (心聆大使 Mind HK Ambassador)
Born in New Delhi, and grown up in Hong Kong, Kopal is a city dweller at heart. She is a freelancer wearing multiple hats including writing, community management and DEI. She was diagnosed with bipolar when she was just 16, and in the last 10+ years she has worked hard to find her equilibrium. But, even on her worst dates, you can put a smile on her face with some sunshine, a hot cup of coffee and a great book! Feel free to connect on Instagram at @andshedoes
“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.