In her childhood and early teens, Yasmin Jasmy was often described as a bright and bubbly student who loved the stage, performing and singing at every opportunity. But as the years progressed, she found herself increasingly withdrawn, feeling like an outcast and falling into a "spiral of self-doubt and insecurities," she shares.
"It persisted for years and it got so bad that every little thing, like making a small mistake at work or a comment from a friend, would trigger these horrible thoughts in my head and I began choosing activities that were bad and dangerous for me to keep them at bay."
At 25, she finally found the courage to open up to her family and seek professional help—a difficult but pivotal moment in her life.
Late last year, the 30-year-old launched Pause, a mission-driven digital platform that aspires to help Malaysians cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness in themselves.
From structured programs and meditation starter kits to podcasts featuring prominent figures in various industries, Yasmin has made it her mission to provide accessible and research-backed resources on how to press pause and deal with the stress and challenges that come with modern life—before they get too much.
In the long term, she hopes that Pause can open a healthy dialogue to change the perceptions around mental health and help people embody their highest potential through recognising the role that mental health plays. “There is nothing to be ashamed of,” she asserts.
Speaking to Tatler, she draws from her personal experience to impart some advice to those who are ready to speak to their loved ones about their struggles with mental health.