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Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 19:00

Going against the flow – reflections on a decade of pioneering workplace mental health in China and globally

Enoch Li

Embassy of Czech Republic
2 Ritan Lu Jianguomenwai, Beijing 100600

捷克大使馆 北京市朝阳区建国门外日坛路2号

“Don’t waste your time, do something else” was the response that Enoch Li would get a decade ago, when she spoke about changing the way workplaces looked after employees’ mental wellbeing to a more organizational and strategic approach, including adding some playfulness to adults’ lives.

She persisted otherwise, and now, the impact of her work is widely recognized, both here in China and globally.

Enoch believes mental health in the society is more than just about the individual feel-good factor; rather, it requires systemic shifts and changes in leadership behaviour at the organizational level, and a cross-pollination between the private sector, civil society, governments, and international organizations. In this presentation, Enoch will share her experience and observations about the global and Chinese mental health industry as it has evolved over the years. She will offer the struggles and triumphs of how, at a time when mental health was taboo, she used her personal experience of depression and suicide attempts to educate others about mental health, saved others’ lives, changed mindsets of leaders and managers, and contribute to the strategic thinking of mental health globally. As companies in China catch up on these employee matters, Enoch has given herself the next goal to spearhead – persuade Boards that workplace mental health is a significant component of the “S” in ESGs.

From a writer to speaker to a social entrepreneur who built an award-winning company that sustains workplace mental wellbeing for organizations, to now also a Board Member of United for Global Member Health, an international organization that mobilizes government-level policy changes in mental health, and being involved in regional and global initiatives to steer the conversation, Enoch will share with us her personal story, reflect on the evolution of the mental health space, and explore where we are headed for the future on our collective wellbeing.

 

Enoch Li

 

Founder & Managing Director of BEARAPY Board Member of United for Global Mental Health Mentor & Honorary Member of Global Mental Health Peer Network Steering Committee Member of This is Me Asia

Enoch is widely recognized for pioneering the workplace mental health conversation in China at a time when the topic was taboo, through founding an award-winning social enterprise, Bearapy, that spearheaded strategic consulting and training services for organizations in China and Asia-Pacific. Her social impact work has proven to raise awareness in the local community, and steer global conversations on the topic. She has used her own mental health lived experience to mobilize sustainable and strategic changes in company culture for employee wellbeing, and her role as a social Enoch Li entrepreneur to champion mental health awareness and destigmatization in the community is wellrecognized by multiple awards.

Enoch has steep experience working at senior and strategic levels, partnering and advising multinationals, governments, and start-ups across Asia-Pacific to build sustainable businesses with mentally healthy workplaces, and to upskill executives’ emotional awareness and leadership development for optimum productivity – all adapted to local concerns and considerations. As a social entrepreneur, she has built and led a team that strives towards the same cause and reinforces the sustainable impact of changes in people’s mindsets and behaviours towards mental health and to each other. Enoch was awarded the Social Contributor of the Year 2018 Award by the International Professional Women's Society in China, and the Speaking Out Award by Mind HK. Bearapy was recognized by the Beijing government’s OTEC Awards as the Community Hero 2020 for the building community awareness towards mental health, and Top Three in the United Nations China Social Impact Awards in 2021.

With lived experience in burnout, clinical depression, and suicide attempts, Enoch brings an empathetic and personal touch to all her work. She has helped tens of thousands of people through Bearapy, her writing, and speaking, and has been featured and published in Harvard Business Review, CNN, Forbes, South China Morning Post, Thrive Global, China Radio International, and CGTN, in addition to her blog, NochNoch.com. Her latest book, Stress in the City, shares her personal journey, discusses some fun ways to cope with depression, and suggests how adults and parents can be playful.

Previously, Enoch worked with HSBC in their London, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing offices with various roles in management, business development, and talent development, and apt in navigating stakeholder management and cross-cultural challenges. She holds a Masters in Laws (Hons) from University of London, an Executive Masters in Change (Distinction) from INSEAD, and has completed the Play Therapy Certificate by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. Enoch is certified in multiple Advanced Small Group Trainings in the Tavistock Style from A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. She is also a Leadership Consultant on group dynamics at INSEAD business school.

Enoch is involved in various volunteer and charity work in the community, and is a Mentor at Chinaccelerator. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and French. Originally from Hong Kong, Enoch now lives in Beijing with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she practices Chinese calligraphy, plays basketball, and does jigsaw puzzles.

 

For those interested, Enoch’s book, “Stress in the City: Playing My Way Out of Depression” is available on Amazon, or via her publisher’s website here with the discount code, “enoch20”.

 

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