Weez Week Launched to Combat Youth Mental Health
Campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma
Commemorative art wall by street artist Miguel
More must be done to support future generations
The Weez Project today launched Weez Week to raise awareness and reduce stigma.
“Our Hong Kong children and youth need help. More needs to be done to support the modern-day anxieties they are facing and to let them know there is support out there for them,” said Ann Pearce, founder of The Weez Project and Advisor to MIND HK.
The Weez Project was setup three years ago in memory of Ann’s son, Jamie Bruno, who tragically lost his life due to mental health, aged only fifteen. The project works with mental health charities – including MIND HK and KELY Support Group – to raise awareness and reduce stigma.
“Hong Kong youth face uncertainty about their futures and the city has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, with children as young as eleven years of age taking their own life,” Ann added.
The Weez Week initiative invites all Hong Kong communities to get involved by supporting the commemorative art wall by Hong Kong street artist Miguel, and posting positive messages on the Weez Wall of Hope.
“By removing the stigma associated with mental health, Hong Kong communities can work together to provide care, understanding and support. Mental health promotion and prevention are key to helping adolescents thrive.”