HKU and NGOs organise the first psychosocial intervention programme for children with eczema and parents
Eczema is the most common paediatric skin disease prevalent in around 30% of Hong Kong children. The HKU Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation will jointly offer the territory's first non-pharmaceutical intervention training programme for children with eczema and their parents, so as to enhance the holistic well-being of the parents and the self-esteem, emotional coping and resilience of children in dealing with the disease, as well as facilitate better parent-child relationship in spite of their eczema experience. In a pilot study conducted in 2016 with 27 pairs of parent-child dyad, the results revealed significant improvement in the parents’ psychological and spiritual well-being after the group intervention.Read More
HKU Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention announces Hong Kong Altruism Index and launches mobile application to promote altruistic acts
The HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention conducted a survey on altruism in late 2016. A total of 3,016 Hong Kong citizens were randomly recruited in the study on their altruistic behaviours and well-being status. According to statistical analysis, the well-being of people in Hong Kong is positively associated with the overall altruism scores, monetary donation, blood and organ donations and informal help. A mobile app "Helppiness" was also launched to provide information on helping opportunities including volunteering work, Flag Day donation, blood donation, and daily acts of kindness. Users can search and record a wide range of helping opportunities using the app. They can also upload information to promote informal helping in society.Read More
Faculty of Social Sciences and six NGOs launch "Jockey Club Holistic Support Project for Elderly Mental Wellness"
With HK$87million in funding support the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the HKU Faculty of Social Sciences and six NGOs will launch a three-year pilot programme called "Holistic Support Project for Elderly Mental Wellness" that aims to provide a mature, evidence-based service model for the promotion of elderly mental wellness in the community. More than 2,000 volunteers and over 100 elderly volunteers will be trained to identify elders with symptoms of depression. Four pilot locations have been selected in this project: Kwai Chung, Kwun Tong, Sham Shui Po, and Tseung Kwan O. The campaign will conduct 69,000 visits and reach 3,800 elderly people.Read More
HKU HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention holds ceremony to award 14 student-initiated suicide prevention programmes
WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Project is the very first cross-institutional student initiated suicide prevention project conducted by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. The Fund aims to encourage students, with the support of professional advisors, to organise, initiate, and implement mental health related projects at university campuses, and through the projects to nurture positive emotions at campuses and to enhance awareness of mental health issues among youths. An award ceremony was held to award 14 programmes from 10 tertiary institutions. The champion was the "Shall we talk" team from Hong Kong Baptist University. They expressed their concerns over issues regarding suicide through a self-directed play, written with an aim to inspire audience to reflect on their roles in suicide prevention, as well as deliver the message of treasuring life and emphasise the importance of communication.Read More