Introductory Workshop and Teens' Training for Retention School
In order to raise the awareness of the students and provide proper information on mental illness, Health in Mind Programme organized an Introductory Workshop and Teens’ Training for retention schools on 8th October, 2016 (Saturday). We are glad to have Mr Francis Woo, Senior Nursing Officer (Psychiatric) and Dr. Cheryl So, Senior Clinical Psychologist of Kwai Chung Hospital as speakers of the workshop.
Mr. Woo introduced various types of common mental health disorders, and briefly explained the respective causes, symptoms and treatment methods. For better understanding of the mental illness from a patient perspective, Mr. LEE, a peer specialist who has recovered from certain mental disorders, was invited to come and share his personal experience, feelings while he suffered mental disorders, and the challenges he had on the way of recovery.
Dr. Cheryl So & Mr. Kester Tang then shared with the Teens the vision and mission as the students’ ambassadors of Health in Mind Programme, and the responsibility to raise the awareness on mental wellbeing in school and promote social inclusion in the community. They demonstrated some of the challenges that Teens would face while planning and organizing volunteer services, and practiced with the Teens different ways to tackle them. Teens also learnt how to communicate better and show their care to the person-in-recovery through role play.
According to the post-workshop questionnaire, 96% of students agreed the workshop could help them know more about mental disorders, and satisfied with the workshop.