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The organization launches the emotional counselor training program to provide young people with low-cost brief intervention mode support

2021-12-02T06:43:01.195Z

Faced with the rapid pace of life and the high-pressure academic environment, the emotional and mental health of Hong Kong young people has received increasing attention. A mental health charity cooperated with a market research company to conduct surveys, interviews related to young people



Faced with the rapid pace of life and the high-pressure academic environment, the emotional and mental health of Hong Kong young people has received increasing attention.

Some mental health charities cooperate with market research companies to conduct surveys to interview different stakeholders related to young people to understand the current mental health status of young people and their exposure to mental health services.

The survey results show that about 74% of the youth interviewed said that Hong Kong needs to provide more low-cost mental health support services for young people.

The organization also cooperates with charitable organizations to launch the "Youth Emotional Counselor Training Program". After the trainees complete the training, they can provide emotional support in a brief intervention mode for young people aged 12 to 24 who are suffering from mild to moderate emotional distress in Hong Kong, so as to relieve the existing spirit. The burden of health services.


Mind HK today (2nd) announced the launch of a new "Youth Emotion Counselor (YWP) Program-Training Program" through cooperation with the registered charity organization "Mindset" (MINDSET) under the Jardine Matheson Group to train more emotional counselors for The goal is to provide emotional support for young people.

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Mind HK, a local mental health charity, cooperated with a market research company to conduct a survey earlier, interviewing different stakeholders related to youth, including students aged 16 to 24, parents with children aged 14 to 24, and educators. From their point of view, understand the mental health status of young people in today's society and their exposure to mental health services.

More than 70% of respondents believe that low-cost mental health services need to be provided to young people

The results of the study showed that among students aged between 16 and 24, 75% of the respondents said that their mental health and mood are at a good or very good level, and their condition is better than their parents expected.

However, most of them said they were under pressure from their studies, career planning, and parental expectations.

In addition, the research also reveals that due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of existing mental health services, nearly half of parents have difficulties seeking mental health assistance.

Nearly 90% of students rely on the mental support of counselors and social workers in schools. About 74% of the youth interviewed said that Hong Kong needs to provide more low-cost mental health support services for young people.

Mind HK, a local mental health charity, cooperated with a market research company to conduct a survey earlier, interviewing different stakeholders related to youth, including students aged 16 to 24, parents with children aged 14 to 24, and educators. From their point of view, understand the mental health status of young people in today's society and their exposure to mental health services.

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Mind HK stated that more than 43,000 people are currently waiting for mental rehabilitation services, and more than 1,200 of them are children or adolescents.

In 2020, the average waiting time for mental rehabilitation outpatient services for children and adolescents will reach 60 weeks.

These data reflect the shortage of mental health professionals in Hong Kong, and the high medical expenses of private clinics are also reasons for resisting seeking assistance.

In order to ensure that no one has to face mental health problems alone, Mind HK announced today (2nd) the launch of a new "Youth Emotion Counselor (YWP) Program-" Training Program" aims to train more emotional counselors and provide emotional support for young people.

The course is sponsored by the Jardine Matheson Group, the Land Company Fund and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Charity Fund.

According to a WHO study, 75% of symptoms of mental health problems begin to develop before the age of 24, and 50% begin to develop at the age of 14.

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The plan will provide training for 50 participants. After completing the training course, the trainees can become youth emotional counselors, providing emotional support in a brief intervention mode for youths aged 12 to 24 who are suffering from mild to moderate emotional distress in Hong Kong, so as to relieve their existing spirits The burden of health services.

The training content of the plan is based on the current Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework for the treatment of anxiety and depression in adolescents, and is designed by integrating the successful practice in the UK and obtaining evidence-based "Psychotherapy Universalization Plan" for children and adolescents , To assist Hong Kong youths suffering from mild to moderate emotional distress to face their psychological conditions.

The plan is to provide services to more than 1,300 young people in the first year. Participants need to have basic knowledge and experience of common mental health problems; those who have a degree in mental health, have worked in related jobs, or have been in contact with people with mental health problems in other environments are good.

The project and related research will be carried out by Mind HK and its academic partner Hong Kong Baptist University, and King's College London will also support the project.

According to a WHO study, 75% of symptoms of mental health problems begin to develop before the age of 24, and 50% begin to develop at the age of 14.

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Provide treatment for young people with mild to moderate mental distress

The Youth Emotion Counselor Program has more than 100 hours of intensive theoretical classes, including the use of ACT mode to solve common mental health symptoms and clinical risk management.

After the class is over, the interns will also start a 9-month internship in schools and other institutions under clinical supervision to familiarize themselves with the scope of work.

Trainees can master diverse and practical mental health knowledge and experience through the planned free training courses. It also helps increase the human resources of the community to provide mental health services and contribute to the industry. Every youth counselor who completes the course can take a short ACT The interventional therapy model provides 6 to 8 sessions of brief and manual intervention (manualised intervention) self-help emotional therapy for 12-24 year olds suffering from mild to moderate mental distress in Hong Kong.

At the same time, the plan is to recruit professionals with extensive clinical experience and ACT-related knowledge to become supervisors, review the performance of the students during the course and internship, and provide them with appropriate guidance and assistance.

Supervisors are also responsible for monitoring the YWP training process and complete at least 3 hours of face-to-face guidance per week to ensure that students can effectively implement low-density treatment and comply with relevant ACT ethics. Some of them will lead student groups to promote reflection exercises and Interactive learning between peers.

75% of mental health problems develop before the age of 24

Dr Hannah Reidy, Chief Executive Officer of Mind HK, said that according to a WHO study, 75% of mental health problems began to develop before the age of 24, and 50% began to appear before the age of 14. She described the goal of the entire pilot program as being in need. Provide appropriate support to local schools and non-governmental organizations that need to increase mental health services. "More importantly, we hope that through this program, we hope to encourage people who experience mild to moderate emotional distress to start as soon as possible Get treatment to prevent the problem from getting worse.”

The plan will also collect clinical data and submit it to relevant researchers for further research, which will be used in future cooperation with other units to improve the mental health of young people in Hong Kong in the most effective way.

Sijian director Huang Xilan is pleased with this cooperation, and believes that it can provide a professional interactive communication platform for interested persons, learn relevant knowledge and skills, and provide suitable support for young people in Hong Kong.

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