Smartphone-based Culturally Adapted Lifestyle Medicine for Improving Mental Health

逃出愁緒:港式養生醫學app喚醒精神健康

Prof. Fiona Ho

何欣儀教授

The issue 議題

 

Mental health plays an integral part of our wellbeing, though perhaps only a handful of us are aware of the relationship between our lifestyle and mental health. Even fewer are willing to seek help, not to mention thinking ahead to prevent our mental health from deteriorating. As many as 13.3% of Hong Kong adults suffer from common mental disorders, yet for those expressing interest in attending treatment sessions, many fail to show up due to time, geographical and financial constraints. There is a need for accessible help that people can get themselves before things get too difficult.

精神或情緒困擾帶來的後果可大可小。世衛2017年估計,全球逾3億人有程度不一的憂鬱問題,每年有80萬人因此輕生。香港則約有13.3%成年人患有一般精神障礙(Common Mental Disorders, CMD)。

世衛估計至2030年,重度憂鬱症(Major depressive disorder, MDD)將會成為全球醫療系統最大負擔。然而,礙於社會污名或費用考慮,這類人士往往諱疾忌醫,令情緒問題惡化,甚至影響與身邊親友的關係。

The solution 解決方案

 

Lifestyle medicine enhances health via lifestyle changes, which have been proven to associate with risks in mental health issues. The team is developing a multi-domain lifestyle medicine drawing on evidence-based recommendations for public self-help. This non-invasive approach is often preferred over psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy because it’s free from perceived stigma, low-cost and has fewer side effects. Relevant topics and content of a validated programme developed by the University of Melbourne will be adapted, and enhanced with a culturally specific element — Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trusted by most Chinese in general as a more holistic approach to overcome illnesses. The programme is disseminated via a smartphone application for its accessibility, scalability, as well as potential to overcome psychological barriers when compared to face-to-face treatment.

Elements in the programme include lifestyle psycho-education, exercise, diet and nutrition, mindfulness, motivation and goal setting techniques. All information is cross-validated by professionals.

患者不願意親身求助,團隊於是研發一個多面向的「生活型態醫學」(lifestyle medicine)手機應用程式,讓他們可以隨時隨地自助,而不需要擔心惹來閒言。研究指生活習慣上微小變化,也能為健康帶來重大改變。

手機程式將會根據墨爾本大學有關研究,加入香港文化特色,在飲食、運動、作息等方面,根據專家建議撰寫內容,並會加入香港人受落的中醫養生資訊、靜觀指導及激勵文章等,希望全方位改善用家的身心靈健康。

Beneficiaries 受惠對象

  • 37000 individuals interested in improving mental health or suffering from mental health problems
    37000名有興趣改善心理健康或患有精神疾患的人士

Social Impact 社會效益

 

The programme offers basic knowledge of mental health and understanding of how lifestyle factors contribute to mental health. Public members engaging in the app may improve both their mental and physical health at their own pace, while saving expenses necessary in conventional face-to-face treatments. The team will regularly update the app content based on latest research evidence. They also wish to invite relevant NGOs to apply the lifestyle medicine programme for more people in need.

計劃預期改善大眾對精神健康的基本認識,明白生活習慣會如何影響情緒。只要依照程式上的指導,在飲食及作息等作出相應調整,便能改善身心健康,長遠減輕個人及社會的醫療負擔。團隊會根據最新的研究,更新程式的內容,並邀請相關的非政府組織採納,向更多合適人士推而廣之。

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SoCUBE 中大社創

Project Team 計畫團隊

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 2018/19

知識轉移項目基金 2018/19