Cigna Hong Kong has signed on to sponsor a new radio programme with Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of mental health issues in the region.
"Mind, your own business" broadcasts every Tuesday from 10:30pm to 11:00pm on Hong Kong Commercial Radio and brings in the real stories and insights of psychiatrists to create discussion around issues including mental health and mindfulness at work. Brief mindfulness sessions on the broadcast are led by a mindfulness practitioner, offering listeners the opportunity to use simple practices to be happier, healthier and calmer.
In studying the effects of the fourth wave of COVID-19 on Hong Kong, Cigna found that 90% of locals report to be stressed, with 14% of those calling said stress "unmanageable." Stress, especially over extended periods of time, is cited as direct contributor to various mental health issues that include poor sleep, anxiety and depression.
"Challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have stressed people in Hong Kong. At Cigna, we care about people’s mental well-being and we believe a healthy mind and body is essential for whole-person health. We are pleased to support Mental Health Foundation to promote the importance of mental wellness to the community," said Michelle Leung, human resources officer, Cigna International Markets.
"We are dedicated to providing high quality mental health services to support the people in need in the community. By leveraging our expertise and knowledge and through Cigna’s support, we want to move towards a better society by achieving mental wellness. Our vision is to make Hong Kong a mentally healthy and stigma-free city," added Dr. David Lau, chairman, Mental Health Foundation.