Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “Open Up” Official Launch Ceremony &
2018 Hong Kong Youth Mental Health and Internet Usage Survey Release

By October 4, 2018Project Update
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    Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “Open Up” is the first 24/7 operated online-crisis support service targeting youth between 11-35 years old. Help-seekers can chat with counsellors via popular social media platforms including WeChat and the official web portal regarding their study, family, work and relational induced emotional distress. This project is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and operates in conjunction with three leading youth non-profit organisations, namely, Caritas-Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.

    Together, a kickoff ceremony will be held on October 7, 2018 (Sunday) at the University of Hong Kong campus in the presence of the officiating guest – the Hon Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration.

    Following the launch ceremony, the Chairman of the “Open Up” programme, Prof. Paul Yip, Director of CSRP, HKU will release youth’s usage of social media and their help seeking behavior in relation to their mental health status from the latest research and data analysis.  A user of online service will also share his experience of how he was supported by counselling online and the why he selected online option over others.  A volunteer will share her experience and gains from the “Open Up” programme.

    Members of the press are cordially invited to attend the Launch Ceremony and Press Release with details as follows:

    Date: October 7, 2018 (Sunday)
    Venue: 3/F, The Jockey Club Tower, CPD 3.28, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong (map)

    Launch Ceremony 11:00 – 11:40 AM  (Media registration starts at 10:30)

    Officiating guests: Hon. Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration
    Representative of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
    Dr. Steven J. Cannon, Executive Vice President, The University of Hong Kong
    Language: Majority of the ceremony will be in Cantonese

    Press Release  11:45 AM – 12:30PM

    Speaker: Prof. Paul S.F. Yip, Chair Professor of Social Work and Social Administration; Director of Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU
    Language: Cantonese with English supplementary materials (English is available for Q&A session)

    Notes to Press

    • Entry into the venue during speeches and launch ceremony is not allowed.

    賽馬會青少年情緒健康網上支援平台 – 「Open噏」是全港首個全天候24小時為11至35歲青年提供情緒支援服務的網上平台,求助者可以利用文字訊息,透過社交媒體,包括WeChat以及計劃的官方網站進入平台與輔導員傾談,共同面對來自學業、家庭、工作、人際關係等引致的情緒困擾。計劃得到香港賽馬會慈善信託基金贊助及香港大學防止自殺研究中心支持,由香港明愛、香港青年協會及香港小童群益會共同營運。


    啟動禮後,本計劃主席香港大學賽馬會防止自殺研究中心總監葉兆輝教授將報告最新研究數據及分析,當中包括青年使用網絡及社交媒體情況和青年求助行為與心理健康的關連。 在分享環節,一名使用網上輔導的青年將分享如何在服務中獲得支持,以及他選擇網上輔導而非其他傳統服務的原因,另有一名「Open噏」義工將分享參與計劃的經驗及服務過程中的得著。


    日期        :2018年10月7日(星期日)
    時間        :上午11點
    地點        :香港薄扶林香港大學百周年校園賽馬會教學樓3樓CPD 3.28(請參閱地圖指示)

    啟動禮 早上11:00 – 11:40  (傳媒招待於10:30AM開始)

    主禮嘉賓: 政務司司長 張建宗, 大紫荊勳賢, GBS, JP
    語言: 主要以粵語進行

    調查發布會 早上11:45 – 12:30

    講者: 香港大學社會工作及社會行政學系講座教授 及
    語言: 主要以粵語進行,並有英文資料補充(問答環節可用英語)

    • 演講和啟動儀式進行時,不能進入場地。