Taking Care of Yourself & Others During The Pandemic

Whether you’re feeling the effects of climate anxiety, the ongoing restrictions in Hong Kong, or just the general stress of everything that’s happening right now in the world, there’s no need to go through it alone.

Here at 8Shades, we’re just as much about mental health and wellness as we are about sustainability. After all, how can we take care of the planet if we’re not taking care of ourselves? If you find yourself feeling blue, here are some mental health resources in Hong Kong that can help with stress and anxiety – and ways for you to reach out and help others:

Mind HK

At least one in seven people in Hong Kong will experience a mental health problem, according to Mind HK, a registered charity in Hong Kong that’s working to fight the stigma against this very important issue.

Besides running public campaigns and events, they’ve created a free Covid-19 Mental Health Self Help Guide along with other Mind HK for more resources on managing your mental health during these trying times, including virus outbreaks and quarantine.

Learn more at mind.org.hk

Sonia Somtani at All About You

Founded by renowned hypnotherapist, Sonia Somtani, All About You is a wellness centre in Sheung Wan that specialises in all things mental health. Using a range of techniques including hypnotherapy, energy healing, counselling, coaching, trauma release exercises and even tarot card reading, people are able to come into a safe space to discuss their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Learn more at allaboutyoucentre.com

RED DOOR Counselling

RED DOOR Counselling is offering free anxiety workshops and counselling for people who are experiencing stress due to the current COVID pandemic. Held over Zoom on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, the workshops begin on Thursday, 17 February 2022 and are open to Hong Kong-based adults.

Interested parties can contact Angela via Whatsapp on 93785428 or emailing angelaw@reddoor.hk.

Talking Mental podcast

Founded by Aaron Stadlin-Robbie, TALKING MENTAL is a platform and podcast that deals with all things mental health, from sleep to sugar and of course, the COVID pandemic. A long-term sufferer of anxiety and panic attacks himself, Aaron speaks frankly on the podcast with specialists and fellow sufferers in an attempt to figure out the whats, whys and ways to help himself and others.

Learn more at talkingmental.com

Common Care Central

Common Care was created with a mission “to normalise mental health and increase access to mental healthcare” in Hong Kong. Besides posting tips on their Instagram account, Common Care also has have plenty of bilingual resources on their community resource hub, while providing online therapy and counselling at affordable prices.

Learn more at commoncarecentral.com

Giving Back

Besides taking care of ourselves right now, we’d also like to highlight some of the communities in Hong Kong that are in need of support, especially during these tough times:

Feeding HK

With rising food prices, help provide food for underprivileged individuals and families in Hong Kong.

Donate to support Feeding HK

Refugee Union

Support refugees in Hong Kong with food, clothing and other household items.

Donate to support Refugee Union

Impact HK

Help the homeless population in Hong Kong by supporting Impact HK’s shelters and kindness centres.

Donate to support Impact HK

HELP for Domestic Workers

Help domestic workers in Hong Kong to provide emergency support services.

Donate to HELP for Domestic Workers

Know of an organisation that should be on this list? Email us to get in touch!

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See also: 8Shades’ Guide To A Greener Lockdown