March 21, 2019

September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day, a global awareness raising event observed to honour commitment and action to preventing suicide. Last year in Beijing, CandleX Founder Xiaojie and Peer Support Group Project Coordinator Alice Liu commemorate this important day for mental health awareness and depression awareness with an appearance on an English speaking radio show, Touch Beijing 感受北京, online and on AM774/FM 92...

September 19, 2018

Mental health issues are ubiquitous.

That’s the message Xiaojie’s making known to the world.

In May 2018, Xiaojie joined a journalist from the China Development Brief to discuss her work with CandleX, her views on mental health, and the importance behind understanding it for the benefit of the community.

Besides introducing her purpose behind the founding of CandleX, she also explained some ongoing CandleX activities: community w...

April 10, 2018

CandleX was established for the purpose of mitigating the taboo of speaking out about mental illness (especially for foreigners in the Beijing community), educating the public of not only what mental disorders are, but more importantly, to raise awareness for the importance of mental wellbeing through our series of projects.

With this vision, we are proud to have received the recognition of two internationally renowned press pl...

March 18, 2018

CandleX is proud to present another publication by the Beijinger. Living in one of the busiest metropolis in the world can be overwhelming, so it is important to be aware of the resources around us.

Read about a psychologist and a University student counselor’s perspectives on mental health, and the two steps proposed by Xiaojie on dealing with it. This article hopes to encourage readers to face these difficulties with a brave...

March 5, 2018

I've been running the CandleX Mental Health Group for 2.5 years now! Tom from TheBeijinger interviewed me to get an idea of some of the mental health issues experienced by expats in Beijing, and the snippets of support and recovery. 

I really enjoyed this interview. It helped me to categorize my thoughts, and to have a better understanding of what this group means to the community. 

I hope you can share this post because when so...

February 11, 2018

This how we feel recently!

We may try hard to be humble. But deep down, sometimes we are like this:

Throughout the development of Moodlab, our initiative to “Raise Bipolar Awareness via Art,” the photos released through the project have been receiving a lot of international attention during the whole process. Our first exhibition was in Dec 2016 in L.A, and from that point on, it really has just exploded on the internet.

We can’t...

May 9, 2017

On the 7th of April 2017, China’s major national English news channel – China Global Television Network aired a two minute segment to celebrate World Health Day. CGTN is formerly known as CCTV English International and is a widely-known 24-hour English News channel of CCTV, based in Beijing.

Watch the full segment here (if in China)

here (if not in China)

An article, “World Health Day Raises Awareness for Depression” wa...

June 1, 2016

We have entered schools, embassies, and communities to talk about depression. We have started CandleX columns to help strengthen and educate the community. We host bi-weekly psychosocial support sessions for English speakers in Beijing who are experiencing mental health challenges.

Thank you to City Weekend for summing up what we do!

Click here for their story about us. 

August 1, 2015

In June 2015, Xiaojie Qin, Founder of CandleX, spoke about the uncomfortable, sensitive topic of depression on a national television program: CCTV: China Insight. CandleX is honored to be the voice of millions of people who due to the stigma associated with mental illness are going through the darkest and most difficult times of their life in silence.  

The episode was aired on CCTV news in August 2015. Watch X...

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