Chhim Sotheara receives the 2017 Dr Guislain ‘Breaking the Chains of Stigma’ Award in Ghent, Belgium, on World Health Day for Mental Health.
Now 51 years old, Chhim Sotheara lost his childhood as he spent his formative years living in the thick of civil war, genocide and conflict.
And while he is unable to turn back the clock and experience a more idyllic childhood himself, he has done the next best thing by dedicating his life to ensuring Cambodians receive the mental health treatment that his generation never did.
Now executive director of Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation Cambodia (TPO), his daily life now revolves around supporting Cambodian people recover from post-traumatic stress and mental health issues.
Sitting in his office near Phnom Penh Hanoi Friendship Boulevard, Sotheara tells The Post: “In 2000, after completing my Master’s degree in Psychological Medicine from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, I decided I would like to work for TPO.”
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