“CANDO 勇破抑鬱谷” Free online counselling service by Hong Kong Baptist University (update in July 2021)

July 31, 2021

In response to the high demands of mental health service of Hong Kong people caused by the social unrest in 2019 and outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Department of Social Work in Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has launched three research projects on online counseling for Hong Kong people with depression (CANDO Program 《勇破抑鬱谷》), social anxiety (EASE Online Program《自在社交》), and university students with psychological distress (REST Online Program). The Service included online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) sessions, face-to-face/Zoom/WhatsApp/telephone counselling sessions and online psychological assessments. Therapist guided service is provided by our Clinical Psychologist or Psychology Counselor throughout the service.  Participants can learn and practice skills to deal with their emotional distress and anxiety even at home by using smart phone or computer to receive counseling service.

We are pleased to provide herewith the program information for your reference:

a. CANDO Program

For age 18 or above with Mild to Moderate Depressive Mood

Program Website: https://cando.hkbu.edu.hk

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CandoDepressionOnline

Instagram page: http://www.instagram.com/candohkbu/

b. REST Online Program

For age 18 or above University Student with Psychological Distress

Program Website: https: https://restonline.hkbu.edu.hk

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RESTOnline/

Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/restonlinehkbu/

c. EASE Online Program

For age 18 or above with Social Anxiety, with the aid of Virtual Reality (VR) scenarios to cope with real life situation

Program Website: https://easeonline.hkbu.edu.hk

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EASEOnline.hk

Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/easeonlinehkbu/

We sincerely invite counsellors’ clients or staff of your organization to participate in these free-of-charge programs as a contribution for enhancing mental health of the Hong Kong society!  Please feel free to forward this email to the clients in need. 

For further information on the program, please feel free to contact us by email: candobu@hkbu.edu.hk or call: 852-3411 5686

Department of Social Work

Hong Kong Baptist University

Baptist University


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