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.
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.
ー Anthea Ong, Founder of Hush TeaBar