As a student and later a professional working in the US, Canada, London, Paris and Hong Kong, Joan Low had grown accustomed to a cosmopolitan lifestyle. But when she returned to Malaysia after more than a decade abroad, she found much had stayed the same in her hometown.

There were also no advancements in the mental health space, either. “Twenty years ago, as you can imagine, no one spoke about mental health and it was not a commonly used term. Mental health literacy was, and still is, low and access to certified mental health professionals remains challenging,” Low tells The Edge Singapore in a recent interview.

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