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 pre-service training for retention schools on 6th October, 2018 (Saturday). We are glad to have Mr Luk Kwok-lam, Senior Nursing Officer (Psychiatric) and Dr. Cheryl So, Senior Clinical Psychologist of Kwai Chung Hospital as speakers of the workshop.
Mr. Luk introduced various types of common mental health disorders, and briefly explained the respective causes, symptoms and treatment methods. For better understanding of the mental illnesses from a patient perspective, Mr. LEE, a peer specialist who has Asperger Syndrome, was invited to come and share his personal experience, has feelings towards his mental disorder, and the need as well as challenges he had on his way of recovery.
Dr. Cheryl So 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. She 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.
The workshop also included a visit to Kwai Chung Hospital, for the students to have a clear picture of the facilities and service provision by a mental health hospital, as well as the daily routine of a patient before discharge. It debunked the myths about a psychiatric hospital and the patients, which mainly came from the media.
According to the post-workshop questionnaire, 93.75% of students agreed the workshop could help them know more about mental disorders, the recovery environment in hospital, and the aim of programme. In addition, 94.74% of students were satisfied with the workshop.