Reaching Out to the Unreached Community: Delivering Mental Health Outside the box Through Whole-of-Community Campaigns

觸不到的社區:推動全社區心理健康行動

Prof. Fiona Ho

何欣儀教授

The Issue 議題

 

Our city’s overall mental health is deteriorating at an alarming rate. In 2017, it was estimated that about one in five people in Hong Kong had suffered from certain levels of mental health problems. However, less than 30% of individuals had sought mental health services for their problems. Despite technology having opened a new frontier in mental health support, those with poor digital literacy may still encounter barriers in locating necessary information. What is worse, as we are better connected than ever and surrounded by people – both in reality and the virtual world, it often feels as if no one is really listening. There is an urgency to reach out to the unreached community and empower them to take action for better mental health via innovative means.

根據世界衞生組織,健康不僅是沒有患病,而是一種全人(包括生理、心理和社交)也健康的狀態。然而在香港,精神健康問題十分普遍。在2017年的調查,香港每五個人就有一個人患上不同程度的精神健康問題。然而,只有少於30%的人求助精神健康服務。部分原因可能是資源短缺、服務未能接觸到有需要的人,亦可能有其他潛在因素,包括地理及時間限制、對精神健康認知不足和精神健康被污名化。

社會有迫切需要,走進這些未被觸及的社區,加強區內人士對精神健康的認識,並鼓勵他們積極行動,改善自己的精神健康。

The Solution 解決方案

 

The team is conducting two whole-of-community projects. Firstly, they are first delivering a pocket-sized booklet series on well-being to several neighbourhoods. Based on evidenced-based cognitive behavioural therapy and lifestyle medicine, each booklet covers common mental health problems and self-help tips with links to audios and videos, which commuters may read and make the best use of their time.

Secondly, the team is launching a Sidewalk Talk Community listening project, in which student volunteers are trained to practise hear-centred, non-judgemental listening in a public space. Pedestrians are invited to freely share anything to volunteer listeners, supervised by a clinical psychologist. The well-being booklets are also distributed to these participants in hope of fostering self-efficacy.

團隊會推行兩個全社區項目,包括1)針對區內居民的心理健康系列小冊子;2)社區街頭聆聽計劃。

項目一,團隊會將一系列心理健康的袖珍小冊子以郵遞方式,連續12星期寄給一些本地住戶。小冊子內容以實證為本,涵蓋認知行為治療法和養生醫學;觸及常見的精神健康問題,並提出從不同角度,運用自助策略處理的方法。

項目二,通過聆聽,培養人與人之間的聯繫。團隊會在街上或公眾場所放置椅子,受訓的義工會邀請途人坐下,並聆聽他們的任何分享。此外,團隊亦會即場派發項目一的心理健康小冊子,以增進大眾對精神健康的認識,消除其污名和提升「自我效能感」(selfefficacy)

Beneficiaries 受惠對象

  • >10,000 public members
    10,000名以上社區成員,包括關注精神健康的人士

  • 10-20 trained volunteers who are interested in practising empathetic listening and connecting with people
    10至20名義工聆聽者(有興趣學習和實踐同理心聆聽、藉此與別人聯繫的人

Social Impact 社會效益

The team aims at providing an approachable entry-level step for those interested in improving their mental health, particularly by facilitating access to evidence-based information for the unreached communities and promoting a culture of active listening. The booklets equip public members with self-help techniques and knowledge on how lifestyle choices improve their psychological well-being. The Sidewalk Talk project cultivates empathetic listening techniques in students that they may apply in daily settings, further promoting positive social interactions. Synergy between the two arms creates neighbourhoods with awareness and connects their members with one another.

 

The team may invite NGOs to collaborate and extend the Sidewalk Talk series to serve specific populations, such as persons in recovery.

團隊希望提供一個實證為本、容易獲得的方案,讓有需要人士、受忽略的社區居民改善精神健康,以及推廣積極聆聽的文化。

心理健康小冊子能夠讓社區人士了解到,不同的自助策略和生活方式,均能改善精神健康。另一方面透過街頭對話,我們可以在公眾場所教導和實踐以人為本的聆聽,藉此增加人與人之間的聯繫,並提升大眾對精神健康的認識,長遠消除對精神健康的污名。

團隊期望跟非政府組織合作,推行更多街頭對話活動,及籌辦不同主題心理健康講座。

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SoCUBE 中大社創

Project Team 項目團隊

PROF. FIONA HO
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

何欣儀教授​
中大社會科學院心理學系

Supported by資助計畫

Knowledge Transfer Fund 2019/20

知識轉移項目基金 2019/20

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