Event Archive

Mental Health Refresher Course for SHRLO

Summer 2020

This workshop introduces the importance of mental health awareness and what to expect from hall tutors on supporting students who are with mental health difficulties, features of common mental health concerns on campus, and basic knowledge in the early detection of mental health problems.

In the workshop, participants also had the chance to practice effective helping skills and discuss issues that are relevant to carrying out their hall tutor duties, as well as to equip themselves with knowledge in psychological intervention to handle mental health crisis including self-harm, suicidal ideation, panic attacks, psychosis, and violent behaviors.

Connect with Your Heart - Find the Inner Peace

Spring 2020

Spring 2020 has been a challenging Term. The COVID-19 is causing significant changes to our daily lives, learning, as well as interaction with others. The unprecedented event may also cause potential anxiety and stress to us. It is not uncommon to experience emotional disturbance. The following workshops have been organised to mitigate emotional distress and give students some insights into balance of life, inner peace, family connectedness and authentic happiness. If you have missed them, please stay tuned for more upcoming workshops to enhance your well-being.

• Self-care in Critical Incidents
Critical incidents are typically sudden and powerful events which are outside the normal range of ordinary human experiences. Student Counselor introduced the common psychological reactions that follow critical incidents and shared helpful strategies in managing stress and negative emotions.

• Finding Peace in Adversity
When the world around us seems chaotic, we may find it hard to contain the difficult emotions and regain inner peace. Student Counselor made use of the skills of Somatic Experiencing® and Integral Somatic Psychology™ to cultivate inner peace and connected with ourselves and one another.

• Beat Exam Anxiety
As a university student, it is perfectly natural to feel anxious and nervous when preparing for and taking an assessment or examination. Student Counselor introduced several common worries that cause exam anxiety and shared techniques to deal with it.

• Maintaining Wellness @ Home
Even we are almost home-bounded, our mental wellness should be part of our daily lives. Student Counselor provided practical suggestions and tips in managing life at home. Participants were also invited to share their good practices and experience.

• Making Good Use of Stress and Emotions
Stress and Emotions are unavoidable but very often misinterpreted, ignored or suppressed in our daily lives. Student Counselor guided participants to gain a better understanding of their emotions, how it related to our psychological needs and knew more about the effective ways to manage stress.

• The Secrets to Effective Family Communication
When we are facing lots of doubts and uncertainty, the bond with family can provide a sense of security and comfort. Student Counselor shared tips to communicate with significant others when having different points of views and skills to address the emotional needs in the conversation.

• Building a Resilient Habit - A Doorway to Meditation
Mindfulness is moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, developed through the practice of meditation. It can help improve attention, boost the immune system, cultivate well-being and happiness, reduce stress and enhance creativity. In this workshop, students learnt about the science of meditation, different types of meditation, and how to do the basic mindfulness meditation.

• In Pursuit of Authentic Happiness
We can boost our happiness by showing our gratitude to others, cultivating optimism, practicing acts of kindness, nurturing trustful social relationships, practicing mindfulness, exercising, feeling hopeful and cultivating laughter. In this workshop, students knew more about these meaningful practices and learnt how to develop these practices to achieve authentic happiness.

• Understanding Your Attachment Style
Early parent-child interaction dynamics result in different attachment styles – secure, avoidant, ambivalent, and disorganized. The workshop offered students an initial self-understanding about their unconscious pattern of interpersonal relationship. With such an awareness, we can build a secure and healthier relationship with others as we all have the innate ability to heal.

• Getting the Love You Want
Conflict is a normal part of any relationship.  This workshop offered practical tips on conflict management and step-by-step resolutions to improve relationships. Students were guided to understand more on what constitutes a conflict and the importance of healthy conflict resolution.

Dance with Depression 與抑鬱共舞

Spring 2020

The talk was organized in collaboration with Library. In the life full of uncertainties, we could unlock our power and embrace the challenge. Dr Christine Lau Pui-ting shared with students and colleagues the interplay among anxiety, loneliness and depression from the perspective of psychological counseling. Emotions is a way of expression. We all have ups and downs in our life. When we are feeling down or sad, we could greet the emotions, be with them, then say goodbye and move forward.

Mindfulness: The Power of Being Here and Now

Spring 2020

To build a healthier mental state while we are having less human connection and more online learning, we invited students to join our 4-session developmental groups to practice mindfulness and happiness together.

• Meditation for Everyday Life - Healing for the Anxious Mind
Mindfulness meditation is moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. It has been scientifically proven effective in enhancing positive mood and reducing negative emotions such as anxiety and depression. It also helps improving concentration, boosting immune system and reducing stress. In the sessions, students learnt about different ways of meditation, build up meditation habit, enhance bodily awareness and emotional management skills, for better stress coping and psychological well-being.

• Mindful Way to Happiness
Research suggested that practicing mindfulness regularly could bring more calm and effectiveness into everyday life, reduce stress and enhance mental capacity. Ultimately, it would make you feel happier. In the sessions, students gained better understanding of the science of mindfulness, different types of meditation and how to boost up happiness level by practicing mindfulness. Some students are still getting together and continue the practice after the four sessions. Stay Happy, Stay Positive!

Dog Dog Café

Fall 2019

Dog Dog Café offers students a unique experience in interacting with adorable or super-friendly dogs at our Center. Served with snack food and drinks, we observed that participants feel energized and stress-free when they were enjoying their fun time with the dogs. Animal-assisted mode of interaction continues to improve our emotional well-being, bring positive psychological outcomes and facilitate the development of our bonding.

Profound and Grateful Life

Fall 2019

Graduate school can be an exciting and fruitful journey for postgraduate students. It is also a transitional period for building future career and professional connection. Inevitably, there are different levels of challenges from time to time, which may have caused you feeling of stressing out, frustration, self-doubt, loneliness and helplessness. These challenges may appear in your research study, relationship with supervisors and peers, as well as daily routine. The following series of events are organized to support you in addressing the relevant concerns.

• What to expect for PG life?
• Professors’ personal opinions of what's important for a PG student
• Profound and Grateful Life Photo Exhibition

Cherish Your Life

Fall 2019

“Cherish Your Life” aims at exploring life meanings and possibilities, inspiring you to treasure what matters, and coping with inevitable loss in a healthy and interactive manner.

• Searching for Life from Death by Mr. Arnold Leung
• Self-help and Peer Support in facing Death and Bereavement by Ms. Agnes Tin
• 無言老師的生死學問 by Mr. Pasu Ng (Co-organized with HKUST Library)
• 生死之約 by Mr. Pasu Ng (Co-organized with HKUST Library)
• 死亡事件簿 by Mr. Pasu Ng & Ms. Winsome Lee (Co-organized with HKUST Library)
• 喜跑線 by Will in Action

Procrastinate No More!

Fall 2019

How many tasks are lingering for hours, days or even weeks on your to-do-list? Have you ever planned to deal with them but you end up wasting time on other trivial matters? Procrastination is not uncommon in our college life, which could be counterproductive and hinder us from achieving what we want. In the workshop, our instructor has addressed the issue by using a cognitive behavioral treatment approach, which is scientific evidence-based and solution-focused. Students learnt to identify their possible reasons behind procrastination, overcome those barriers, and regain a sense of control in managing their study.

Anti-sexual Violence

Fall 2019

Sexual violence has a profound impact on physical and mental health. Survivors of sexual violence may feel like petals broken after a thunderstorm. Helping victim-survivors is therefore of utmost importance to reduce the psychological impacts and to recover from the trauma.

In the workshop, students learnt more about the current situation of sexual violence in the city. They were also empowered to consolidate their views on sexual violence through case discussion, and hence to reflect their proactive roles in preventing sexual violence.

Mental Health Matters - Building a Happy Campus

Fall 2019

Mental Health Matters extended to bring a series of exciting dialogues with Clear Water Bay Psychologists* in “Friends, Enemies and Frenemies”, “Finding the Happy You”, “Speaking of Love” and “Cities and Health”. We are thankful that students are increasing their awareness in these topics which have positive impacts on their psychological health. Let’s continue to build healthy habits and be incredibly happy people!

* Special thanks to Prof. Eva Chen, Dr. Beatrice Lai, Prof. Kevin Tam and Prof. Michelle Yik