​​# People Hushed & De-stressed : 7297 

​​# Deaf Persons Trained/Engaged:  38

# Hush@Workplace Organisations/Groups:  187

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Behind Hush

Hush is run completely run by a core team of differently-abled persons, as partners for good. 

Our Deaf Partners lead participants into a silent space of awareness and reflection, supported by our Hearing Partners

who are persons with/in-recovery from mental health conditions. 

Aside from the core team, we have a partner community of Deafies and volunteers who support us on project basis. 

Together, we can change the world. With Hush.

Anthea Ong | Founder | The Chief Revolutionary
(also Nominated Member of Parliament, Republic of Singapore)

​I am a champion for self care and silence. I am Hearing. 

Silence saved me from my close shave with depression 12 years ago when the colossal collapse of my life descended upon me. I wanted to share this transformational learning with the world. Why start a business when you can start a movement or two? I believe there’s a place for silence in changing the world for the better, no less powerful than the fiery social activism that we continue to embrace and be inspired by.  

 

I have much admiration for the Deaf, for their strong sense of identity and culture. I wanted to challenge the notion of disAbility by flipping the world around. In a space of silence where spoken words are not needed, where is their disability? And who is disabled? 


In late 2014, Hush was launched as a social movement to bring the worlds of hearing and the Deaf (hard of hearing) together and Singapore's 1st Silent Teabar... and possibly the world's first - was born. As an advocate for mental health, we also employ and empower persons with/in-recovery from mental health conditions. I am beyond determined to make every workplace executive learn the skills of self care and empathy because every employee is a member of our society. A caring and inclusive society can only come from caring and inclusive workplaces. 

We are brewing a revolution of silence for good. Come join us! 


*Since late 2017, I no longer provide daily management oversight - the amazing team of differently-abled persons completely run the Hush operations, from securing to planning to executing all Hush@Workplace and #YoungXHush projects. It's a true testament to their abilities. 

 


Chua Ning Pei | Lead Partner, Engagement & Growth | The Cause Loyalist
I am a survivor of depression. I am Hearing. 

I was totally in awe by the idea of a silent teabar in bridging the hearing and non-hearing into one. Creating a paradigm shift in empowering the marginalized who generally trails in the shadows to stand tall in dignity in the forefront, bringing awareness and mindfulness to the highly stressed and playing a part in contributing to the greater good, making a difference in their very own unique abilities. I see hope and possibilities. Empowerment as well as inclusivity. As a firm believer in cause awareness, Hush takes advocacy to a brand new level. In 2017, I created iaminvisible as a manifestation of my love for photography and human stories. 



Lewis Chen | Lead Partner, Experience & Operations  | The Humble Champion

I live with depression and mild bipolar. I am Hearing. 

Mental wellness is something that a lot of people are struggling with today but many do not even know. It's also a silent threat that society does not quite understand and therefore the stigma is still deeply entrenched. For me, mental wellness is something I have lived without for quite some time. I joined Hush to be part of a movement that champions empowerment and mental wellness - a cause very close to my heart. I also believe that being part of Hush will help me in my self discovery and healing. And in that, I can help others. 



Edwin Ng, PhD | Lead Partner, #YoungxHush and Design & Facilitation | The Heartful Educator (aka Dr Meowfulness)
I live with depression. I am Hearing.
Due to the trauma accumulated from the toxic culture of academia, burnout, and the breakdown of a 20-year relationship in Australia, I returned to Singapore to find new alignment in life purpose, livelihood, and relationships. As the founder of SKFL: Skillful Means, I provide training in mindfulness, communication skills, and self-care. Being able-bodied, I’m committed to build solidarity with disabled people, to challenge habitual assumptions and foster a more caring, inclusive world. I am humbled to be welcomed into the Hush family. Silence is not nothingness but the space where myriad wondrous, and painful, truths may be appreciated, forgiven, nurtured, or released. Silence provides refuge, healing, and transformation. 



Kay Kaur | Partner, Engagement & Experience | The Passionate Writer
I live with depression and anxiety. I am Hearing. 
The roots of my issues were planted during my childhood and they were left to grow well into my late teenage-hood. I use narrative writing as a way to pluck the weeds and prevent rot in my garden, in hopes that I can keep it luscious and beautiful. I joined Hush with the intention to help bring peace – or some semblance of it – to the noisy minds of Singapore’s youths, so that they too, can find ways on how to tend to their gardens. During the weekends, I'm involved with my passion project Acting Up that empowers vulnerable youths. 



Low Kok Wah | Lead Deaf Partner, Experience | The Expressive Artist
I am Deaf.

I came to know of Hush, through a mutual friend of mine. In Hush, we celebrate silence which Deaf people are used to living with, and through Hush it aims to raise awareness of the Deaf. I joined Hush to help spread the beauty of sign language to you. I believe in going through a Hush experience will grant you the meaning of being in silence and without sound, just like how Deaf people live with, using sign language as our "voices" to communicate by sight. When we communicate right, it brings understanding between the deaf & hearing, and life seems just better with that kind of awareness Hush advocates for, don't you think? I am there for you, anytime anywhere with my joys of signing.​



Ivy Yeo | Deaf Partner, Experience | The Enthusiastic Learner 
I am Deaf.

A mutual friend introduced me to Hush, while I was still unsure about finding work. I enjoy being part of the inclusive Hush workplace as I can comfortably work together with and learn from other deaf partners. Not only does Hush champion mental health across different organisations, but also within the Hush workplace. The flexibility allows me to take time off for my own mental well-being, with no rush in choosing between the two especially as a mother of a young child.



Swapna Jayesh | Partner Volunteer | The Committed Supporter
I am Hearing.
Anthea’s life work and her book launch, 50 Shades of Love, completely inspired me to step forward and learn more about the deaf community. There is so much more we as individuals can contribute and I joined Hush to further spread the inclusive sense of warmth and positivity I experienced. By bringing silent spaces for individual reflection to schools and workplaces, Hush perfectly brings awareness to our nation-wide mental health epidemic. I am committed to supporting the differently-abled team with events and activities as much as possible.