As more people across the globe are speaking out about the importance of mental well-being, Hong Kong is seeing its share of celebrities being open and honest with their own struggles with mental illness. Canto-pop diva Sammi Cheng famously went on a hiatus at the height of her career to tend to her mental health, while martial arts goddess Kara Hui recently revealed her own battles with depression. F9’s Jordana Brewster on eating disorders, mental health and Hollywood Read on to see which celebrities have opened up about their experiences, and the positive messages they hope to spread to destigmatise the subject. Sammi Cheng Sammi Cheng was Hong Kong’s ultimate pop diva in the 1990s and early 2000s. Winning numerous accolades for her albums, as well as for her performances on the silver screen , she nevertheless battled serious depression for three years starting in 2005. During an interview promoting the 2013 film, Blind Detective , she spoke publicly about her battle with the illness and cited it as a life-changing experience. “I was pretty bad at it in the past,” she said. “I always kept the negative feelings inside, or expressed them in a worse way, such as throwing a fit. Having depression really changed me. I now have a more optimistic perspective.” The glamorous lives of Hong Kong’s richest actresses Kara Hui (aka Kara Wai Ying-hung) In a recent interview with Carina Lau on her talk show, 對照記, which means “reflection chronicles”, she revealed that she struggled with depression at the height of her fame. Dubbed the “Martial Arts Goddess”, Hui won her first Hong Kong Film Award (HKFA) in 1982, but was overwhelmed by negative press coverage, with reporters questioning her acting and her looks. As Chrissy Teigen quits, it’s time to ask, is Twitter broken? “When my depression was at its worst, I was crying every day. I thought I was rubbish and useless,” Hui told Lau. This ultimately led to a suicide attempt in the early 2000s. Fortunately, the actress made a full recovery and a comeback, winning multiple accolades including her recent HKFA best supporting actress award for Tracey . She ended the interview by saying that the ups-and-downs she had experienced in her life were equivalent to most people’s two lifetimes. Shawn Yue In a recent Instagram story, Hong Kong actor and singer Shawn Yue talked about his experience with panic disorder. In the post, Yue talked about how he had his first episode on a commercial flight three years ago. He said: “I suddenly got very scared. My hands and feet were numb, and I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I was going to die, so I rushed to the flight attendant and said ‘I can’t [fly], I want to go back, I don’t want to fly’.” Inside Prince Harry’s new jobs at BetterUp and the Aspen Institute “The flight attendant asked if there was a doctor on the plane, and there happened to be a foreign doctor. After the doctor checked me, he gave me a tranquilliser and I managed to complete the journey safely. Later, I went to see a doctor and it was confirmed that [I have] panic disorder.” Despite continuing to struggle with the disorder, he remains optimistic. “Don’t be afraid, the illness will be cured,” he said. Fiona Sit Fiona Sit burst into Hong Kong’s music scene at the tender age of 18 in the early 2000s. Considered one of Canto-pop’s darlings, she shot to fame with silver and small screen appearances thereafter. She once divulged to hosts Sammi Cheng and Lawrence Cheng on their TVB show Joyful Athkii that she exhibited signs of severe depression as early as 2008. She became obsessed with the thought of suicide, and it wasn’t until she talked to her friend Khalil Fong, who convinced her not to die, that she sought help. It took a year of rehabilitation, but she finally returned to her former self, saying that her recovery involved being more optimistic about life. What Kim Jong-un’s IWC watch says about his weight Louis Cheung TVB actor Louis Cheung has been married to Canto-pop queen Kay Tse since 2007, but her meteoric rise to fame during their courtship apparently damaged Cheung’s psyche. An actor and media personality in his own right, Cheung’s achievements were greatly overshadowed by his wife’s stardom. In a 2015 talk show, Cheung confessed that he used to be plagued by depression over negative comments made by Tse’s fans, since she earned more money than he did. He was labelled “soft rice king”, which means a kept man, because of the difference in their financial standings. “They called me incompetent and a useless husband,” said Cheung, who added that he even thought about suicide. However, as Cheung’s career gained momentum in tandem with the couple’s unwavering marriage, the internet hate cooled down. Cheung said their marriage is ultimately stronger because of the experience. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . If you are having suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who is, help is available. For Hong Kong, dial +852 2896 0000 for The Samaritans or +852 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services. In the US, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on +1 800 273 8255. For a list of other nations’ helplines, see this page.