HKUST PPOL Newsletter Fall 2023

39 Community Impact Motivated by our dedication to providing culturally fitting and language-sensitive support in Hong Kong, we're excited to launch three practical, evidencebacked projects, each running for two years. Funded by the Advisory Committee on Mental Health, Health Bureau, these initiatives aim to boost mental health and well-being among Hong Kong's key ethnic minorities. Project 1 (April 2022 - March 2024): Preparing and Deploying Ethnic Minority Lay Leaders to Promote Mental Well-being Launched in April 2022, our first project aims to boost mental health awareness amongst Hong Kong's key ethnic minorities, including the Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese, and Filipino communities. We're training community lay leaders in mental health first aid, enabling them to share mental health information that fits both their culture and language. We aim to engage 5%-10% of each ethnic group, hoping to make a significant impact on mental health awareness and support. Stay tuned for the interim results of this project in our next section! Project 2 (May 2023 - April 2025): Strengthening Family Relationships for Hong Kong’s Ethnic Minority Communities in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic Launched in May 2023, our second project is geared towards bolstering family bonds and boosting mental well-being among ethnic minority families following the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative offers broad family-based training services and activities to support the mental health of Indian, Pakistani, and Nepalese families in Hong Kong. The project's goals are to spread mental health knowledge, raise awareness, and build lasting support networks. We aim to equip families with the tools for conflict management, communication, and mindful healing practices. We're also focused on identifying families in need and directing them to mental health services they might not know exist. Our goal is to positively impact 105 ethnic minority families through this initiative. Project 3 (May 2023 – April 2025): Supporting Ethnic Minority Elderly with Mental Health Needs Also launched in May 2023, our third project aims to connect the ethnic minority elderly population — specifically Pakistani, Indian, and Nepalese — with mental health services in Hong Kong. We're concentrating on early identification, outreach, and delivering culturally sensitive support for those at risk of mental health issues. Our goal is to boost the mental well-being of elderly individuals in ethnic minority communities and encourage a greater understanding of Hong Kong's diverse socio-cultural population. Key to this is the early detection of 'hidden' elderly individuals at risk of mental health issues, for whom we provide scientifically-backed programs to improve their well-being. We aim to positively impact 150 elderly individuals from ethnic minorities through this initiative. Projects Overview Activity Highlights