Five CUHK projects receive HK$9 million from Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme Phase Two
The government announced recently the results of Phase Two of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme. Five professors from The Chinese University of Hong Kong received over HK$9 million to enhance the mental well-being of the community through a range of services and programmes. The approved projects will commence during April to May 2023, with a duration of 15 to 24 months.
CUHK Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Sham Mai-har said, “As a socially responsible public university, CUHK has always been encouraging our members to translate their research outcomes and expertise into positive societal impact, for the benefit of the community. I am delighted to learn that the five professors are endeavoring to organise and design a range of services and activities to provide support for teachers, underprivileged elderly, children and adolescents with special educational needs, and migrant domestic workers. This demonstrates the spirit of the CUHK 2025 strategic plan – ‘Excellence with a Deep Sense of Purpose and Responsibility’.”
The five projects are “MDW Recharge Hub: enhancing and promoting a co-created online platform for migrant domestic workers’ mental health” by Professor Cheng Qijin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, “Age with good mood: a volunteer network-based medical-social collaborative programme for supporting underprivileged older adults” by Professor Ken Ho Hok-man, Assistant Professor in The Nethersole School of Nursing, “SWELE Programme: an Unstructured Outdoor Play with Mindfulness-based Interventions to Promote Mental Health in SEN Children and Adolescents” by Professor Regina Lee Lai-tong, Professor, Practice in Child Health in The Nethersole School of Nursing, “Caring the Caring Teachers” by Professor Phoenix Mo Kit-han, Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Behaviours Research, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, and “Resilience in the face of adversity: coping strategies for autistic children and their families” by Professor Catherine So Wing-chee, Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology.
To provide better support to needy people in the community and raise public awareness of mental health, the Hong Kong government has implemented the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme and invited eligible organisations to apply for funding for mental health projects. The Scheme was implemented in two phases, in July 2021 and June 2022. The projects funded in the second phase will start during March to May 2023.