Chloe Wong is a teen advocate taking an interdisciplinary approach towards human health and well-being through her passions in psychology, biology, neuroscience, telemedicine and healthcare equity. She believes that holistic mental health education, one which brings the focus back to the person and relevant root causes, is key to systemic change in this field.
Growing up, she was surrounded by adults and children who struggled with their mental health. However, she failed to understand the stigma that came with discussing these struggles and the constant refusal to seek professional help. As she grew older, she understood that society deemed mental health to be taboo, and was something unheard of in the public sphere. This sparked her interest in psychology, and she engaged in different activities in order to understand mental health stigma and help break it down.
She has a passion for psychology and mental health, but also enjoys photography and the arts. She has combined her passions for the arts and mental health through initiatives such as MindsArtHK where she used art therapy to aid those with mental health disorders, and also hosted a photo auction with a design studio where she auctioned photos for a mental health charity. She also co-founded a project called Homes4HongKong where she got 40+ volunteers to work at soup kitchens. Through meeting a few people who have experienced homelessness, she got a further glimpse into the root causes of homelessness and the impact it had on well-being and mental health.
She has also helped write a research paper on developmental psychology which solidified her passion in the field of mental health. Apart from that, she also has experience and training on talking and working with people struggling with their mental health.
In the future, Chloe wishes to study neuroscience at university and pursue a career in academia as that will help her gain skills to conduct research into addiction and mental health diagnosis. Through this she hopes to increase mental health services and break down the stigma surrounding mental health, especially in racial and ethnic minorities. She believes that the field of neuroscience and medicine is ever-changing, and that by learning about neuroscience, she can implement ideas like telemedicine and early diagnosis into the places that need it most. She wants people to understand that mental health disorders are not just “all in your head”, but a multi-faceted issue that needs to be recognised and tackled.