Emily Lei

Digital Marketing Manager

Emily started her PukaUp journey as a humble intern with a passion for mental health and the aspiration to make a difference. Studying business and psychology at Monash University, she combines the best of both worlds in her digital marketing role.

Why Puka Up?

I have always been passionate about mental health and PukaUp’s mission and values really resonated with me. There’s nothing more important than suicide prevention. I love that we work in the prevention space and focus on educating people on how to look after their wellbeing. Struggling with my own mental health and wanting to help others who may be going through the same thing, I knew I wanted to be part of this important movement and contribute in a meaningful way.

The best part of your job?

Working with a team that genuinely cares about making an impact and practicing what we preach. We talk openly about our mental health and I feel incredibly supported as an employee and a person. My role at PukaUp is to ensure that our message reaches as many people as possible, so seeing comments about how our content has helped someone, no matter how small, is incredibly rewarding.

How do you take care of your wellbeing?

As someone who struggles with anxiety, regular exercise and talking to my friends really helps keep my mind at bay. My personal favourites are lifting heavy weights or going to a Zumba fitness class. Re-watching Schitt’s Creek, singing out loud in the shower to Taylor Swift and listening to an audio book also help me detach and focus on something other than my thoughts.

Quick fire:

What’s your happiness hack?
Laughing at my own horrible dad jokes (if self entertainment is a skill I got that nailed) and finding a good meme. Nothing brings me more excitement than New Music Friday updates on Spotify

Perfect weekend?
Morning soy or almond milk latte, gin bottomless brunch, Chinese food that reminds me of home and exploring a new place or trying a new activity with friends

Introvert or extravert?

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl

Phone call or text?
Text before you call