A little bit about me.
I was born in Hong Kong, but I grew up in Ghana.
When I was 13 years old, I moved from Africa to Australia. I was lonely and couldn’t fit in. I sounded different, I felt different from everyone else and I thought that if I could change myself, I'd be happier. But wanting to be someone else just kept me miserable. I felt isolated, and struggled with anxiety and poor self-esteem.
Those experiences have driven me to make sure that teens going through struggles are supported and ultimately can feel awesome about who they are, and feel hopeful for their bright future!
As a clinical psychologist and counsellor, I've worked with hundreds of at-risk teens struggling with depression and anxiety. I spent my doctorate years researching the factors of youth depression and suicide, and investigating the effectiveness of school-based mental health programs.
I believe that the more that we share, the better things can get.
You'll find me like sharing strategies for overcoming mental health challenges and fostering resiliency in youth at events like TEDx, internationally and in Hong Kong. In 2016, I was honoured to be chosen as one of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs. This summer I was also selected as one of Hong Kong’s 100 most influential young leaders in the Hong Kong Tatler’s Generation T!
Excerpt from my presentation at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit [my talk starts at 0:44s]
My TEDx talk about how social media can make us feel like we're not good enough, and what to do about it! [sorry about the ad that plays before the video]