Forum on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Post-Pandemic Era
09 Dec 2020
The idea Generation - Social Enterprise Forum with the theme of Navigating the New Normal: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in the Post-Pandemic Era, organised by the ECD-WIE Office of PolyU SPEED, was held in hybrid mode at Kerry Hotel Hong Kong and via Microsoft Teams on 20 November 2020.
This first-ever ECD-WIE Office’s hybrid event kicked off with an opening speech delivered by Prof Peter Yuen, Dean of CPCE. He emphasised the importance of cooperation between different stakeholders, including schools, employers, family, community, NGOs and medical institutions, in tackling mental health problems.
Dr Jack Lo, Director of SPEED, also shared a quote from Aristotle in an interview during the event that “The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet” to encourage the students to be positive when facing challenges.
Guests of Honour, Dr Lam Ching-choi, Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and Chief Executive Officer of Haven of Hope Christian Service; Dr David Lam, Chairman of Medical Conscience; Dr Thomas Tsang, President of Hong Kong College of Community Medicine; Ms Connie Cheung, Project Manager of St James’ Settlement; Ms Cecilia Yiu, Coolminds Project Manager of Mind HK; Prof Peter Yuen, Dean of CPCE; Dr Ben Fong, Associate Division Head (Division of Science, Engineering and Health Studies) and Professor of Practice (Health Studies) of CPCE; and Dr Simon Cheung, Head of Continuing Education and Senior Lecturer of CPCE, shared their insights into three discussion topics respectively, namely MHPSS for Students and its Transformation, Impact and Challenges Brought by COVID-19, and MHPSS and Students’ Mental Health in Hong Kong.
About 70 PolyU SPEED and PolyU HKCC students participated in the discussions via Microsoft Teams.