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Mental Health 101 Training Seminar: Sign Up

By Grant Beuzeval

Sandy Bay, supported by MindHK and sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, tackle mental health for the entire Hong Kong rugby community

“As a result of stigma, neglect and underfunding, the majority of individuals experiencing mental health issues remain undiagnosed and intreated, resulting in enormous health, social, humanitarian and economic consequences.” MindHK

Mental Health statistics in Hong Kong are very concerning. To make things worse, the city lags far behind others in providing support and treatment, conducting research and smashing the stigma associated mental health.

  • The lifetime risk of a mental health problem global is 1 in 4 individuals

As a result of stigma, neglect and underfunding, the majority of these individuals remain undiagnosed and intreated, resulting in enormous health, social, humanitarian and economic consequences.

  • 1 in 7 people in Hong Kong experience a common mental disorder as of 2018
  • Only 26% of those with mental disorders are seeking professional help

Suicide remains a leading cause of death among youth in Hong Kong with children below 15 years old taking their own lives.

  • 40% of survey respondents aged 11 to 30 have had suicidal thoughts due to stress
  • 53% of Hong Kong secondary school pupils displayed symptoms of depression

Progress in Mental Health in a population cannot be made without tackling the issues of stigma and discrimination. To curb these is a challenge to the entire society, not just patients and professionals.

Through training, sharing, communication, support and love – we can all make a significant impact on those around us – our friends, families, clubmates, colleagues and - importantly - ourselves.

Sandy Bay RFC has recently conducted a 4-year strategic plan with one of the following goals - Promote a culture of physical safety and mental welfare for all

MindHK is one of the leading NGO’s working in the Mental Healthcare space, doing amazing work for the community. One of Mind HK's core goals is to raise awareness through workshops, training sessions, and talks, in order to increase awareness and understanding of mental health in Hong Kong.

Herbert Smith Freehills, the principal sponsor of HKU Sandy Bay RFC is committed to addressing mental health issues in Hong Kong and is sponsoring the initiatives.

Supported by Mind HK, Sandy Bay are pleased to present two Mental Health 101 training courses, sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, that are open to the entire Hong Kong rugby community and with the support of the HKRU.

About the Event:

Training Course: Mental Health 101

Location: Lecture Theatre, Olympic House (next to HK Stadium, So Kon Po)

Date (English): Monday 10th June 2019

Date (Cantonese): Monday 24th June 2019

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Price: $100 (with all proceeds going to MindHK)

Mental Health 101 will cover:

  • The basics of mental health
  • Stigma around mental health
  • The spectrum of mental health, from anxieties, phobias and depression to more severe conditions
  • Self-help treatment options, including well-being tips, guided self-help, individual digital interventions and online support
  • Who does what: the difference between counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists
  • How to get help with mental health in Hong Kong and internationally
  • Case examples

* Mental Health 101 sessions are conducted by clinical professionals in the mental health field.
Should you not be able to attend this time round, please note that there will be more Mental Health 101 training's in the future. Updated event dates will be posted on the MindHK website and through their newsletter. To sign up for Mind HK updates please click here.

Please purchase tickets and secure your support at the following links –

English: Monday 10th June 2019

Cantonese: Monday 24th June 2019

Follow Up – Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

As a follow up to the 101 Training Courses, there will be the chance to enrol in Mental Health First Aid Training Course.

Duration: 12hrs (over 2 days 7 hours each, or over 4 days 3 hours each)

An internationally recognised and accredited qualification. Just like physical health first aid, mental health first aid gives practical ways of managing mental health symptoms.

Participants will gain a sound knowledge of a wide range of mental health diagnoses, as well as ways to assess, directly help those are experiencing the mental health problem, and how to effectively refer them to further support.

Delivered by Mind HK, this Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) standard course will cover:

  • Basic knowledge about common mental health problems and related crisis situations
  • What you can provide as a lay person and When to get help
  • MHFA Action Plans
  • Intervening and managing mental health emergencies as a first responder
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Addictions
  • Identify the resources available in the local community

*Mental Health First Aid Standard courses are conducted by clinical professionals in the mental health field. A Mental Health First Aid Manual and a Community Resources Booklet will be included.

Mental Health 101 is recommended prerequisite to MHFA.

Updated 14:39 - 15 May 2019 by Grant Beuzeval

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