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Ms. YAU Sau Wai, Sania, JP

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Ms. Sania Yau is the Chief Executive Officer of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.  Ms. Yau believes that “mental health is everybody’s business” and promoting well-being is a priority for all. Under her leadership, the Association is transformed to provide recovery-oriented, people-focused and evidence-based community mental health services. It operates over 60 service units and projects to render residential, employment and vocational training as well as community support services for 18,000 people in recovery of mental illness and their families annually. To promote social inclusion and self-reliance, the Association operates 22 social enterprises to provide training and employment opportunities for people in recovery. The Association also specializes in mental health promotion and prevention, research, professional training and development.  

Ms. Yau has been actively serving in different committees of Government bureaux, public bodies and NGOs. She is a member of Review Committee on Mental Health, Social Welfare Advisory Committee, Social Enterprise Advisory Committee, Guardianship Board, Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Management Committee of Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, as well as the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises.

WRAP® was introduced to the Association since 2009, which is also the sole authorized organization in Hong Kong to provide certified WRAP Facilitators Training. In 2012, the first group of Certified Advanced WRAP Facilitators in Hong Kong was trained by The Copeland Centre for Wellness and Recovery.  Currently, we have over 100 WRAP facilitators coming from staff, young people, people in recovery and caregivers.  The Association is also honoured to be awarded the WRAP® Center of Excellence in 2016.