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[#BackToSchool] Tips for School Life Adaptation

Are you ready to get back to the classroom? As always, it is esstential for us to stay positive and connected with the community in the face of challenges ahead. Here are some back-to-school tips for you to be prepared for the new start. Tips 1 -【Ready Get set, Go】 What can you do to overcome the new challenges of the new school environment ? 1. Be prepared – prepare for your lessons and make an effort to do your best at school 2. Find support – Talk with your teachers, parents or the school social worker. They are willing to help 3. Learn to relax – Take some deep breaths. Relax your muscles. >>> Read more on Ready… Get set, Go! Tips 2 - 【Entrance to Form One】 You may more or less feel nervous and stressed when being progressed to the secondary school which is a new environment. Don’t worry, however, there is always a first time for everything. It just take some more time for you to adapt to the new learning environment. Stay strong! Nothing can overwhelm you! Enjoy your new secondary school life.  >>> Encouraging Messages for F.1 Students Tips 3 - 【Ice Breaking Tips】 Feeling alone? No worries! Joyful Weather Report Series: Ice Breaking Tips help you take the initiative to break the ice and try to build the interpersonal network bit by bit in daily life! >>>Joyful Weather Report Series: Ice Breaking Tips (Video) >>> The Ultimate Ice Breaking Tips   Need help? Don’t forget them! Even though there may be difficulties at times, you can always get support! Other than teachers and parents, these organizations are pleased to listen to your thoughts! For more tips, please visit YouthCan’s “Back to School Tips - with Love”. Remember to stay positive and connected with the community. Have faith to yourself and enjoy a colourful life. You surely can make it! For more details, please visit the Student Health Service website.

[Preparation] We Support You!

Everyone experiences stress differently over exam results on the DSE result release day. Unrelieved stress may trigger various physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses. Beware of these stress signals in order to manage your stress as early as possible. The more stress signals you have, the greater your need for professional help and counselling is. If you find yourself in need of career guidance and emotional counselling, you may wish to talk to someone you trust. The counsellors from many social welfare organizations are ready to listen to your needs and they will provide you with useful information, supports and guidance. We have picked a list of organisations provided by the Education Bureau regarding the available career guidance and emotional counselling services. The forms of services provided by these organisations include: online counselling services, counselling hotlines and face-to-face meetings. The Shall We Talk initiative, which is jointly organised by the Advisory Committee on Mental Health and the Department of Health, delivers a series of information for students including HKDSE mental health information, mental well-being and mental distress. Some organisations that provide emergency helplines and local mental health online support services are also listed on the dedicated website. In addition to the above information, the Education Bureau has also collated the counselling services organisations into a “Community Resources and Helplines” list, in which counselling services that are suitable for DSE candidates are selected below. The counselling services are offered through various channels, you can simply click on the links to contact the organisations directly.  1. Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support - Open Up (Chinese and English) Website: https://www.openup.hk/index.htm?lang=en Facebook / Instagram / WeChat: hkopenup SMS: 9101 2012 Service Hours: 24-hour online counselling service 2. The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong (Chinese and English) Website: https://www.sbhk.org.hk/index.php?lang=en Phone Number: 2389 2222 (Chinese) Service Hours: 24-hour Phone Number: 2389 2223 (English) Service Hours: Monday to Friday (6:30 pm to 10 pm, except public holidays)  “Chatpoint” Web Engagement Service  (Chinese only) Website: https://chatpoint.org.hk/#/home Service Hours: Monday to Friday (6 am to 1 am next day) Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (8 pm to 1 am next day) 3. Jockey Club Cyber Youth Outreach Service - Caritas Infinity Teens (Cantonese, Putonghua, English) Website : http://it.caritas.org.hk/  (Chinese only) Phone Number: 2339 3759 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/caritas.infinityteens WhatsApp: 9377 3666 Telegram: https://t.me/Caritasinfinityteens Email: ycsteens@caritassws.org.hk Service hours of the online counselling services: Monday and Tuesday (10 am to 6 pm); Wednesday and Thursday (2 pm to 10 pm); Friday and Saturday (6 pm to 2 am next day); Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays The above information is for reference only. Updated information will be subjected to the announcement of individual organisations. If information from other organisations is needed, please contact the school social workers, counsellors, etc.   Sources:Education Bureau - Life Planning Information WebsiteThe Shall We Talk initiative The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support - Open UpJockey Club Cyber Youth Outreach Service - Caritas Infinity Teens (Chinese version only)

Mental Health

Understanding your emotions While growing up, you will be busy discovering the people and things around you. Have you ever stopped for a while and tried to understand your emotions? Depression Have you ever felt angry, lonely, or overexcited for unknown reasons? Not sure about whether you are affected by depression? Whether these emotions are positive or negative, excessive emotional swings can have harmful effects on mental health. Common mental stress They may be caused by examination stress, work pressure, traffic congestion, and disputes with friends, etc. What to do when we are upset? Let's listen to the advice form the Clinical Psychologist of Department of Health            Side effects of mental stress All of the above can induce mental stress which in turn causes health problems like insomnia, headaches, stomach-aches, depression, anxiety or panic attacks. Living under long-term stress and without proper treatment can lead to self-destructive acts or suicide which causes distress to family and friends. So, do not make hasty decisions when facing difficulties. Be brave and accept other people’s help. Everyone has pressure. The key is to know how to release it. Expanding your social circle, cultivating personal interests or talking to your trusted seniors and friends are effective ways to reduce stress. Advice for DSE candidates by Clinical Psychologists from Social Welfare Department How To Pull Back Those Upsets Who Want To Commit Suicide?            Ways to deal with emotional problems If you or someone you know suffers from emotional problems, you can always seek help from professionals like social workers. Besides looking for school social work service, you can also call the Hotline Service for Youth-at-risk or visit any Integrated Children and Youth Services Centre. Social workers are there to give you support and make friends with you. Those who are seriously disturbed or suffering from mental illnesses can seek the assistance of clinical psychologists in the Social Welfare Department, Hospital Authority, or Non-Government Organisations through referrals by social workers or medical doctors. Muscle Relaxation Exercise (Boy/Girl's demonstration)            Treatments for mental illness Emotional problems are curable with the right treatments and positive attitudes. Do not hesitate to ask for help whenever necessary. Services for ex-mentally ill persons or E.A.S.Y Programme can tell you how we can help those people adjust to life in the community. Emotional support hotline The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong 24 hours hotline: 2389 2222The Samaritans 24 hours multi-lingual suicide prevention services:2896 0000Suicide Prevention Services 24 hours hotline: 2382 0000Tung Wah Group of Hospitals CEASE Crisis Centre 24 hours hotline :18281Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre 24 hours hotline:18288Youth Outreach 24 hours hotline: 9088 1023Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong JUSTONE 24 hours hotline:3512 2626Suicide Prevention Services Youth Link (14:00-02:00 ; Target: Teenagers aged under 24): 2382 0777Breakthrough Counselling Centre (Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00 ; Target: Teenagers and their parents) : 2377 8511The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups ‘Youthline’ Hotline (Mon-Sat 14:00-02:00) : 2777 8899Joyful Mental Health Foundation Emotional Support Hotline (Mon- Fri 10:00-13:00,14:00-17:00) : 2301 2303Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) (Women hotline session: Mon-Fri 14:00-16:00; Counselling hotline session: Mon-Fri 19:00-21:30):27116622The Salvation Army Tuen Mun Services for Young Night Drifters (Today until 15/7 - 24 hours on call) (hotline and WHATSAPP) : 60377780 Other online support services Round-the-clock counselling (Accessible 24/7)Link: www.openup.hkFacebook messenger: m.me/openup.hkWeChat: hkopenupSMS: 9101 2012The Samaritan Befrienders Hong KongAvailable on iOS and Android platforms: Chat窿Website: http://chatpoint.org.hkService Hour: Monday to Friday, 6 am to 1 am, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays from 8 am to 1 amCaritas Infinity TeensWhatsApp: 9377 3666Telegram: caritasinfinityteensWebsite: http://it.caritas.org.hkMonday, Tuesday: 10 am to 6 pm Wednesday, Thursday: 2 pm to 10 pm Friday, Saturday: 6 pm to 2 ameSm^_^iley, Cyber Youth Support Teams, Hong Kong Children and Youth Services WhatsApp: 6280 6281IG/FB/Wechat/Telegram: esmileyhkWebsite: https://esmiley.hkcys.hkMonday, Tuesday & Saturday: 6pm – 2amWednesday, Thursday & Friday: 6pm – 10pmuTouch, Cyber Youth Support Teams, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups WhatsApp: 6277 8899Website: https://utouch.hkTuesday: 10am – 10pm Wednesday, Thursday: 2pm – 10pm Friday & Saturday: 2pm – 2amSt.James’Settlemen Youth Service 港島區網上青年支援隊 - Six Degree Hubs WhatsApp: 5933 3711Telegram: @hearforyouInstagram: @sixdegreehubsMonday: 10am – 6pmTuesday: 2pm - 6pmWednesday: 10am – 2pmThursday: 2pm – 10pmFriday & Saturday: 2pm – 2am BGCA Nite Cat Online Cyber Youth Support TeamOnline Chatroom: http://nitecat.bgca.org.hk/tc/WhatsApp: 9726 8159 / 9852 8625Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 6pm – 2am