Dr. Herman LO, Associate Professor the Department of Applied Social Sciences, has received funding (Application ID A0040790) for the proposal title “Hong Kong Mental Health Projects Evaluation”.
The Save the Children Hong Kong (SCHK) has launched the “Hong Kong Mental Health Projects” that have sponsored 27 intervention programmes from nine partner NGOs between July 2020 and March 2022. All programmes are based on at least one of the three objectives: (1) to improve mental health awareness and acceptance of mental health issues among children and youth; (2) to drive early detection and treatment for children and youth who are impacted by mental illness; and (3) to strengthen the capacity of parents, teachers and social workers to support children & youth in need.
To evaluate the effectiveness of these programmes and to foster learning among NGO partners who are using different approaches in promoting child and youth mental health, SCHK is collaborating with the PolyU research team which is headed up by Dr. Herman LO and Dr. Yam KONG. A mixed methods study integrating participant's ratings of outcomes and interviews of project staff, parent and child who joined the programmes will be conducted. Findings and recommendations will be released around July 2022 and hopefully such collaboration can generate new knowledge and evidence that can inform the mental health service and policy in Hong Kong.