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Call for Papers and Presentations
Monday 17th April 2017 to Sunday 5th November 2017

Hong Kong Mental Health Conference 2017.
Mental Health Matters: overcoming the stigma.

The Inaugural Hong Kong Mental Health Conference (HKMHC), a biennial event, will be held from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November, 2017 for 600 local and international delegates. Days 1 and 2 will showcase individual and panel presentations and Day 3 will comprise a public forum aimed at supporting families and caregivers of those with mental health problems. You are kindly invited to submit your research paper or other work for presentation consideration at the HKMHC 2017 by following the guidelines at the bottom of this page. We welcome all submissions that offer practical solutions to de-stigmatising mental health problems in the areas of:

  • Educational Environments
  • Healthcare Settings
  • At the Workplace
  • Caring for the Elderly
  • The Role of the Media
  • Legal Systems and Policy Makers

Conference Themes: Six areas that need exploration and ways forward

1. MENTAL HEALTH IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS
How are Hong Kong and the region addressing mental health issues in school settings from primary through university level? What are the specific problems that exist in Hong Kong (suicide, “Tiger Moms,” disparity between the public system and private international schools, accommodation or lack thereof for mental health problems rising to a disability level, over-diagnosis or missed diagnosis, mental health literacy in schools, introduction of positive mental health strategies and programs in schools including anxiety management/mindfulness). What specific problems and solutions exist within the education community in Hong Kong?

2. MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE
How are public and private Hong Kong and regional medical professionals dealing with patients with mental health problems? What research has been done to explore this issue?  How can innovations and learning from other parts of the world benefit Hong Kong and Asia? What societal and cultural roadblocks exist in Hong Kong? How can the private and public sectors work together to create solutions to de-stigmatize mental health problems in our community?

3. MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE
How does mental health impact business on an individual, team and company level? What are companies doing to encourage or limit their employees from accessing support and services? How widespread is this issue within global institutions and how does it impact their bottom line? This will also include a discussion of stress in the workplace and how it is a cause of wider problems.

4. MENTAL HEALTH AND THE ELDERLY
How are caregivers and family members prepared to provide help to those with mental problems and deterioration in the elderly population? What resources are available to this population segment? Do caregivers such as domestic foreign workers have the proper training to care for elderly people with mental health difficulties?

5. MENTAL HEALTH AND THE MEDIA
What is the media’s role in the stigma around mental health in Hong Kong and the region? How can the media contribute to a more positive depiction of these issues? The conference welcomes perspectives from journalists, performers, TV/radio personalities, artists and others to discuss their experiences and views on this topic. It will also allow professionals in the arts to share how their work can contribute to increasing awareness, decreasing stigma and promoting recovery and wellbeing.

6. MENTAL HEALTH AND LEGAL SYSTEM/POLICY MAKING:
What is the impact of policy on mental health consumers/medical providers and charitable organizations? How does policy and legislation shape the public’s view of mental health issues? What is being done locally and globally on a policy level to promote de-stigmatization?  What are the political ramifications of mental health stigma?

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Submission Guidelines

As this is not simply an academic Conference, successful candidates will be those who can demonstrate a practical knowledge and suggest actionable ways forward in the quest to de-stigmatise mental health issues. We encourage applicants to “think outside the box,” and will consider submissions that are relevant to the Conference objectives but do not necessarily fit into the six themes articulated above.

Please note that all final presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length to allow time for a Q & A session. The Conference organisers reserve the right to fit presentations into an overall programme, which means you may be presenting in a panel situation (breakout session) along with other subject-matter experts. Should you be successful in your bid to present at the Conference, your presentation will need to be formatted into a PC-compatible PowerPoint and forwarded to the Conference organisers before 23 October 2017. The Conference organisers reserve the right to use presentation materials in their promotional collaterals. In order to facilitate judging, please also submit a short bio of yourself (200 words or less) and a high-resolution photo (headshot).

All Conference presenters will be required to register for the Conference and pay the requisite delegate fee (discounted for presenters).

We look forward to receiving your submissions

We are excited to hear about your projects, aspirations, lessons learned, and general ideas. The submission deadline is:  20th August 2017. Successful candidates will be notified by  20th September 2017.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at:  papers@patientcarefoundation.com.hk

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