It’s all about the people

Coolminds Staff

Cecilia Yiu
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 11 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 of information to find 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 tools to help them maintain it. Being a part of the Coolminds team as a part of Mind HK, she hopes to help parents and educators with the young people in their lives.

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 11 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 of information to find 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 tools to help them maintain it. Being a part of the Coolminds team as a part of Mind HK, she hopes to help parents and educators with the young people in their lives.

Nanki Luthra
Programme Coordinator

Nanki graduated with a Master Degree in Public Health/Management from University of New South Wales and Bachelor Degree of Science from University of Western Sydney. Prior to joining KELY, she worked at an NGO catering towards refugees, asylum seekers and illegal migrants in Hong Kong. With a background in public health and mental health nursing, she has worked with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society in Hong Kong and Australia. Nanki understands that youth are the pillars of the future, and youth mental health and education are of utmost importance. Being an ethnic minority and having studied in school in Hong Kong, she is able to understand issues young people face daily. She hopes to use her skills to educate and support young people. Hence, to empower themselves make informed decisions.

Nanki graduated with a Master Degree in Public Health/Management from University of New South Wales and Bachelor Degree of Science from University of Western Sydney. Prior to joining KELY, she worked at an NGO catering towards refugees, asylum seekers and illegal migrants in Hong Kong. With a background in public health and mental health nursing, she has worked with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society in Hong Kong and Australia. Nanki understands that youth are the pillars of the future, and youth mental health and education are of utmost importance. Being an ethnic minority and having studied in school in Hong Kong, she is able to understand issues young people face daily. She hopes to use her skills to educate and support young people. Hence, to empower themselves make informed decisions.

Charlotte Chan
Website Project Coordinator

Charlotte is the Coolminds Website Project Coordinator at Mind Hong Kong. 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 has been working on creating an online platform for students to access, create and share mental health resources and stories. She is also involved in the planning of the Youth Summit as part of the 2020 Hong Kong Mental Health Conference. 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.

Charlotte is the Coolminds Website Project Coordinator at Mind Hong Kong. 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 has been working on creating an online platform for students to access, create and share mental health resources and stories. She is also involved in the planning of the Youth Summit as part of the 2020 Hong Kong Mental Health Conference. 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.

Cindy Ng
Programme Manager

Prior to joining KELY, Cindy worked as a research assistant looking at the psycho-social needs of cancer patients in Hong Kong. With her psychology background, Cindy has always wanted to engage with the youth population through her work. She realises that youth in Hong Kong are facing a lot of issues and sees the need of providing platforms for them. Being a member of KELY allows her to work directly with the youth to help them see the potential in themselves.

Prior to joining KELY, Cindy worked as a research assistant looking at the psycho-social needs of cancer patients in Hong Kong. With her psychology background, Cindy has always wanted to engage with the youth population through her work. She realises that youth in Hong Kong are facing a lot of issues and sees the need of providing platforms for them. Being a member of KELY allows her to work directly with the youth to help them see the potential in themselves.

Danielle Stutterd
Strategic Programme Manager

Danielle has over 16+ years of non-profit and leadership experience in Hong Kong. She is an experienced business development professional with a track record of managing non-profit organisations and creating and implementing successful corporate partnerships and volunteer programs .Passionate about building relationships with businesses and brands that promote shared values, including mental health, Danielle joined Mind HK in 2019 as their Strategic Programme Manager.

Danielle has over 16+ years of non-profit and leadership experience in Hong Kong. She is an experienced business development professional with a track record of managing non-profit organisations and creating and implementing successful corporate partnerships and volunteer programs .Passionate about building relationships with businesses and brands that promote shared values, including mental health, Danielle joined Mind HK in 2019 as their Strategic Programme Manager.

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 Project 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.

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 Project 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.

Medora Choi
Youth Services Officer

Medora graduated from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. During her studies, she was engaged in Psychology Club where she volunteered food drives for homeless shelters and paid visits to youth that suffer from chronic illnesses. From these experiences, she realised the importance of focusing on preventative measures at an early age.

Soon after coming back to Hong Kong, Medora decided to explore deeper on holistic approaches for health where she discovered integrative mind, body and spirit approach and graduated from the University of Hong Kong with Masters of Social Sciences in Behavioral Health. With increasing mental health awareness and dialogue amongst the youth in Hong Kong, she hopes to make use of her knowledge and experience to make a positive impact and continue to break down mental health stigma. Her goal is to empower young voices and encourage them to live a meaningful life!

Medora graduated from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. During her studies, she was engaged in Psychology Club where she volunteered food drives for homeless shelters and paid visits to youth that suffer from chronic illnesses. From these experiences, she realised the importance of focusing on preventative measures at an early age.

Soon after coming back to Hong Kong, Medora decided to explore deeper on holistic approaches for health where she discovered integrative mind, body and spirit approach and graduated from the University of Hong Kong with Masters of Social Sciences in Behavioral Health. With increasing mental health awareness and dialogue amongst the youth in Hong Kong, she hopes to make use of her knowledge and experience to make a positive impact and continue to break down mental health stigma. Her goal is to empower young voices and encourage them to live a meaningful life!

Odile Thiang
Anti-stigma Coordinator

Odile has been involved with Coolminds since 2019, as a clinical advisor. Additionally, she is coordinating Mind HK’s anti-stigma projects, and is actively involved in developing and delivering various training offerings. Odile is involved in the planning of the upcoming Youth Mental Health Conference and Youth Summit 2020.

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, where she developed and implemented a mental health clinical guideline and worked with community agencies to improve collaboration to provide seamless care for such a vulnerable population, in Toronto, Canada.

Odile completed her Bachelor of Nursing as well as her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Masters Nursing degree at the University of Toronto. 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.

Odile has been involved with Coolminds since 2019, as a clinical advisor. Additionally, she is coordinating Mind HK’s anti-stigma projects, and is actively involved in developing and delivering various training offerings. Odile is involved in the planning of the upcoming Youth Mental Health Conference and Youth Summit 2020.

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, where she developed and implemented a mental health clinical guideline and worked with community agencies to improve collaboration to provide seamless care for such a vulnerable population, in Toronto, Canada.

Odile completed her Bachelor of Nursing as well as her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Masters Nursing degree at the University of Toronto. 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.

Tony Ng
Youth Services Officer

Tony graduated from The University of Hong Kong where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, with a major in Psychology and Criminology. During the 4-year college life, Tony gained first-hand experience in organising events which promoted concepts related to youth such as deviance, conformity, socialisation, etc. He worked as an intern in an international non-governmental organisation which deals with youth issues. Upon graduation, Tony spent half a year exploring around the world where he met many people who have inspired him to give back to society. Youth development is one of the social issues that Tony is passionate about as he believes young people are the future pillars of society and they need proper guidance to reach their full potential. By joining KELY, Tony hopes to guide young people out of confusion and identify their role in the community and in society as a whole.

Tony graduated from The University of Hong Kong where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, with a major in Psychology and Criminology. During the 4-year college life, Tony gained first-hand experience in organising events which promoted concepts related to youth such as deviance, conformity, socialisation, etc. He worked as an intern in an international non-governmental organisation which deals with youth issues. Upon graduation, Tony spent half a year exploring around the world where he met many people who have inspired him to give back to society. Youth development is one of the social issues that Tony is passionate about as he believes young people are the future pillars of society and they need proper guidance to reach their full potential. By joining KELY, Tony hopes to guide young people out of confusion and identify their role in the community and in society as a whole.

Esther Lam
Project Coordinator

After completing studies in Psychology in Australia, Esther has been working in research in the field of Child and Family Science and has assisted in coordinating research projects looking into intergenerational relationships in Hong Kong. She enjoyed research and looking into family relationships but seeing the urge to raise mental health awareness among youth has brought her to Mind HK. Esther is excited to be working with Coolminds in hopes to build a safer and healthier environment for local youth to speak and share openly about mental health.

After completing studies in Psychology in Australia, Esther has been working in research in the field of Child and Family Science and has assisted in coordinating research projects looking into intergenerational relationships in Hong Kong. She enjoyed research and looking into family relationships but seeing the urge to raise mental health awareness among youth has brought her to Mind HK. Esther is excited to be working with Coolminds in hopes to build a safer and healthier environment for local youth to speak and share openly about mental health.