Improving Access to Psychological Interventions: Developing and Disseminating an E-Mental Health Portal in Hong Kong

情緒求助站:創建心理治療資源庫

Prof. Fiona Ho

何欣儀教授

The issue 議題

The importance of mental health is getting more and more attention among the general public; while many recognise their emotional problems, only a disproportionate fraction actually receives professional help. To begin with, strong stigmatisation towards mental illness in our society thwart help-seeking. Those who do seek ways out might however be confused about how to get referrals, deterred by the long waiting line at psychiatry clinics, or find difficulties in finding reliable information and credible services, especially because Hong Kong does not currently have a registration system for clinical psychologists.

心理健康問題越來越受社會重視,「你有壓力我有壓力」下,許多人意識到自己受情緒困擾,但只有極少人得到專業的幫助。社會對精神疾病的污名化,窒礙了部分人向外界求助的決心。即使有心求醫,都往往無從入手,要麼不知道轉介渠道,要麼因為精神科診所「大排長龍」而卻步。加上香港目前沒有臨床心理學家註冊制度,市民在尋找可靠資訊方面亦有一定困難。

The solution 解決方案

 

The team of mental health professionals take up the enormous task of gathering currently disorganised and scattered information into an e-portal, which is fully validated and evidence-based. Its features include treatment options and decision aids for users to opt for appropriate treatment; free screening tests; guidance and search tools for local mental health care services; recommended self-help materials available locally; and a user community for emotional support and social interaction.

由精神健康專業人員組成的團隊致力創建一個網站,將目前混亂和分散的信息收集及整理,篩選出經充分驗證的資訊,分門別類上載於平台,供大眾免費參考。內容包括治療選項、求醫決定指引、免費篩查測試、精神保健服務搜索工具及自助療法建議。網站亦會成立一個網上互助社區,讓用戶互相交流及支援。

Beneficiaries 受惠對象

 

  • Public members
    大眾

Social Impact 社會效益

 

The portal promotes help-seeking and mental health literacy, as well as improves access to effective psychological interventions with appropriate intensity. People suffering from mental health issues are often reluctant to speak out and hide their emotions. For a population increasingly glued to screens, this portal serves as a digital bridge to connect those in need with psychological support.

團隊希望透過項目,提升大眾關注心理健康,鼓勵主動求助,並改善心理醫療服務質素及效率。出現心理問題的人通常不願意開口談論,傾向隱藏自己的情緒。隨着人們花在手機上的時間越來越長,這個網站將成為一道數碼橋樑,將需要幫助的人和心理治療專業人員配對,提升資源運用效率。

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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 2017/18

知識轉移項目基金 2017/18