Client Stories

Taking the mental health journey together is key; you are never alone in your battle as there are many who are willing to support you on your journey to mental health wellness. We have interviewed six clients about their mental health recovery; in their stories, they reveal deep personal details about what triggered their mental health, how they struggled, coped, and their progress with Hong Fook.

These stories are meant to showcase to the public that mental health illness can impact anyone. Read these stories, learn from them, and use them as a resource for you or someone you know on their path towards mental health wellness; these clients are strong examples of people who want to help reduce the stigma revolving mental health, the collaborative efforts that are available to you, and the success that can await you if you take action.

Hong Fook is celebrating its 35th anniversary, welcoming thousands in joining us to “Take the Mental Health Journey Together”.  One of the projects we have completed is the Anniversary Book “Our Stories”, which is an extensive resource book for our clients, family members, volunteers, service partners and health care providers. The book contains 15 client stories, in both English and the languages Hong Fook serves in, the summary of the two Needs Assessment Studies Hong Fook conducted in the past few years, interviews of the psychiatrists working closely with Hong Fook, and messages from our Association President, Foundation Chair, and Executive Director.  We hope this vast ranging content will guide you and others to take the mental health journey with us, moving from recovery to wellness.

For the full book, please download here.

Cancerous Mental Health
hand holding senior person's hand

a cancer survivor’s battle with depression
and her journey to recover

War and Trauma
person sitting at the front of a boat

a refugee’s struggle to find a new life
and her journey to find hope

Academics Aren’t Everything
backpacker sitting next to water

a youth’s difficulties with academic pressures
and her journey to self-encouragement

Turning Point to Regain Happiness
hands together in a circle

a client’s family losses
and their journey to self-love

Running out of Gas
shadow of person with head down

an unemployed client’s call for help
and his journey to find self-confidence

Disconnect and Reconnect
Emotional Asian woman talks in group therapy

a youth’s attempts at suicide
and her journey to overcome