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The Diversity List 2020: Women’s Voices

MindNLife is beyond proud to have our founder, Dr. Quratulain Zaidi, among The Zubin Foundation’s Diversity List 2020. The fifth list since it launch, this year’s theme is focused on Women’s Voices and the need to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in decision-making positions. Thus, the government can appoint anyone in the list to … Read more

10 years of talking about death, and life, at Death Cafés, and why the taboo-busting movement is having a moment

Who likes to talk about death? Almost nobody, but it is an inevitable part of existence. Most people are terrified to talk about it, however the Covid-19 pandemic has people talking about their own mortalities. Read about the benefits that I shared about opening up a dialogue about death in this South China Morning Post … Read more

Nature vs. Nurture: Influence of Genes and Environment on Who We Become

Professor Robert Plomin, a behavioural genetics professor at King’s College London, explains, “Parents have little effect on their children’s outcomes, beyond the blueprint that their genes provided. Experiences matter – family, friends, school – but they do not change who we basically are.” Dr. Zaidi weighs in on the matter, saying “The results of these … Read more

IS ANXIETY A TEEN EPIDEMIC IN HONG KONG?

Anxiety in Teens

Teen years can be a difficult time for anyone. Expectations are high socially and academically, which can lead to stress at school or within his or her social group. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that “approximately 25 per cent of 13- to 18-year-olds have anxiety disorders. Research shows that untreated teens are at … Read more

COPING STRATEGIES & TIPS FOR NEW MUMS

Coping Tips and Strategies

A lot of countries and culture still have a stigma around postnatal depression of PND, and Hong Kong is not an exception. Women, especially new mums, are expected to “bounce back” in a relatively short time after giving birth. Sadly, that is not the case for everyone. “Mothers need significant coping skills to deal with … Read more

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH

This month, Dr. Zaidi talks to Expat Living Hong Kong about the impact that social media may be having on teenagers’ mental health. With a recent survey carried out among 14-24 year olds in the UK showing that the use of various social media platforms lead to increased feeling of depression, anxiety, poor body image … Read more

EXCESSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA USE LINKED TO DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AMONGST TEENS

Excessive social media use has been linked to depression and anxiety among teenagers. Data from more than 40,000 American children suggests that young people who spend seven hours or more a day looking at screens are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety than those who use screens for just an … Read more

IS IT TIME FOR ANTI-BULLYING LAWS IN HONG KONG?

A recent international survey into bullying has shown Hong Kong is the worst performer when it comes to the percentage of children being bullied, with at least a third of 15-year-olds fall victim.  Dr Zaidi encourages parents to be alert for mood changes in their children. She gives her thoughts on this topic in this … Read more