"I think that’s when we’re at our best, when we support each other, not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other toward redemption." - Joaquin Phoenix, American actor
It’s an unsettling time in Hong Kong. The Novel Coronavirus outbreak has caused fear and anxiety and many residents will be reminded of the collective trauma that SARS provoked in 2003. TWF’s priority over the last few weeks has been the physical and mental health of our team, our programme participants and the community.
We have postponed, adjusted to virtual or cancelled many of our events in light of the current situation but remain unwavering in our commitment to forge ahead with ground breaking work to advance the women and girls of Hong Kong and aim to reschedule our events as soon as appropriate.
We are using creative ways, both established and new, to keep connected to colleagues, accomplish our work and stay positive. Our team is keeping updated with reliable sources of news and information, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Health Protection to protect ourselves. In addition to following this advice, we are each committing to a daily 20-minute pause to focus on our well-being. We find that meditation, exercise, yoga, journaling, a simple walk or a chat with a colleague or friend helps us to stay positive. Most of all, checking in with each other regularly has been immensely beneficial. Alongside the idea of self-care, we aim to practice communal care and look after those around us, especially those in need.
While many are now well versed in basic infection control procedures, protecting our mental health is just as important, but given less airtime. This useful booklet from Mind HK offers effective strategies and sources of help, to prevent social isolation, anxiety or other issues becoming a problem. A handy resource for employers is this infographic on employee well-being from our friends at Community Business.
A time of crisis is a time to show kindness and understanding. Hands On Hong Kong’s opportunities for donating emergency supplies offers a way for you to show support to communities in need. This list from The Loop HK highlights other deserving charities, all of whom would benefit from your support at the moment. We know that Hong Kong is resilient.
We know we can overcome any challenge when we, as individuals, join together to support each other and harness our collective strength and resourcefulness with optimism for a brighter future.
How are you supporting Hong Kong and taking care of your well-being during this difficult period? Share your tips or resources with us. Get in touch at Fiona.Nott@twfhk.org.