Coolminds is Mind HK’s youth mental health initiative in partnership with the KELY Support Group. It aims to bring international best practice in youth mental health to Hong Kong and aid in the implementation of programmes for the prevention, early intervention, and management of youth mental health.
What is Coolminds?
Mind HK and KELY Support Group decided to start Coolminds to promote mental health awareness, support and understanding in Hong Kong’s youth, as we recognized that by helping youth and those around them learn about mental health, we can make a massive difference. Our goals:
- To teach youth to recognise emotions and work with these feelings
- To give teachers, parents, and students access to high quality mental health information and help online and via their schools
- To train parents, teachers, and educators to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in young people and on ways to give them help
Mind HK and KELY are working collaboratively to localise and translate tried and tested programmes and interventions that have been researched and perfected over the last few years in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Comprehensive online resources, adapted from Mind UK, are already available for adults in English and Traditional Chinese on the Mind HK website.
Why youth mental health is important
Half of all mental health problems show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health problems begin before the age of 24. Hong Kong’s youth population are put under huge amounts of pressure from a very young age, both from expectations of others as well as the pressure that they put on themselves. They often report feeling very trapped.
Youth mental health in Hong Kong
Children and young people in Hong Kong today are finding themselves under increasing levels of stress and distress. The competition for higher education places and jobs is causing students to feel a high level of responsibility for success from a young age, which leads to them prioritising academic and extra-curricular success over their mental wellbeing. It is difficult for schools to manage the conflicting demands of academic results and student wellbeing, which results in both staff and students feeling under pressure.
Young people are also spending increasing amounts of time on social media and online. Although social media is extremely popular and has a number benefits, use of it can result in unfavourable comparisons between peers, as well as social exclusion and online bullying. Together with the ever-present strains of teenage life and development, all of these factors and more are forming a perfect storm for Hong Kong’s youth. This has resulted in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and coping strategies, such as using alcohol or drugs.
High school students, we’d love to here from you! This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes and requires you to watch a short video. Complete for a chance to win a HKD$500 voucher to your store of choice. All participants will remain anonymous, but Mind HK will use responses for its future use.
Please email around to friends/classmates: https://tinyurl.com/coolmindssurvey
If you’re looking to learn more about Coolminds, or have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email us at [email protected]