DR JAMIE CHIU

FOUNDER, THE BRIGHTLY PROJECT

Jamie spent her teenage years feeling at war with herself. She hated who she was, and wanted to die many times. However, she never got help for her depression because she felt ashamed, undeserving, and scared. To try to figure herself out, Jamie became immersed in psychology. After a decade of trial and error, Jamie slowly found confidence and learnt to deal with her depression. Jamie became a psychologist to speed up the recovery process for youth who are suffering and make seeking help less scary. While reaching over 16,000 youth by leading a positive youth development organisation, Jamie became frustrated at how in-person support was limited in scale, accessibility, and out-of-step with the digital means of communication and interaction among youth. In 2016 Jamie founded The Brightly Project to create apps that spread positivity, show teens they are not alone in their struggles, and that people who care are all around.