Introductory Workshop and Hospital Visit
To increase awareness on Mental Health, Health in Mind Programme organized different workshops every year. Introductory Workshop was held on 15th October 2011 at Kwai Chung Hospital. Mr. Francis WOO, Senior Nursing Officer (Psychiatric) of Kwai Chung Hospital, spoke to introduce the causes, types, symptoms and treatment methods of mental illness. Around 150 teachers and students attended the workshop.
Mr. WOO introduced the type and symptoms of mental illness by utilizing real life examples, which eliminated students’ misunderstanding on mental illness. Also, he emphasized most of the mentally ill patients are not violence.
Students were divided into several groups to visit Kwai Chung Hospital. Through the visit, students had a more understanding on the environment of psychiatric hospital, and the lives of patients in the hospital.
Students benefited a lot from the workshop; other than mental health knowledge, they have learned how to communicate with mentally ill persons.
From the results of workshop survey, more than 99% of students expressed they have enriched understanding on mental illness. Moreover, nearly one third of students “Enjoyed very much” on visiting the hospital.