Caregiver Programme

Helping caregivers of children with mental health issues
Variety Hong Kong Care Giver Program event

The Caregiver Programme supports underprivileged caregivers to take care of their children with mental health issues. A vital element of building better mental health

Since inception in 2021, we have conducted seminars to 5 cohorts of parents/caregivers, serving over 100 families with over 400 attendees. Workshops were delivered by clinical professionals, passing onto caregiver knowledge, insights, and practical tips in coping with different types of mental illness in child development, coupled with facilitated peer group discussions. This deep intervention approach enables both child and parent more confidence in facing the challenges together.

Family wellbeing is challenged in taking care of children with mental health issues

  • 80% of parents with special-needs children suffered mild to severe levels of stress leading to family conflicts and problems.1
  • 55%+ of our beneficiary families indicated a higher risk of child abuse and family violence.
  • Only 1/3 of the welfare centres offer help to parents such as support groups, talks and outdoor activities.
  • COVID-19 pandemic and related homebound measures posed greater detrimental psychosocial effects on children and families facing mental health issues with lower socioeconomic status.

Caregivers’ mental wellness and children’s psychological health is directly correlated

  • Need professional help and guidance to make home a safe place for children’s long-term health, development and growth.
  • Need peer support when they themselves and their children are being misunderstood and rejected by other family members and/or society.
  • Need parent-child interactive activities to strengthen positive attitude and foster intimate relationship.

After learning from the professionals , I feel more confident in handling the challenges ahead. Sharing our experiences in peer groups gives me great comfort to know that I am not alone in this journey.

Encouraging results from 5 cohorts since 2021, working with Butterfly Programme beneficiaries:

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Participants from 157 families attended. Provided knowledge, insights and practical tips in coping with different types of mental illness in child development.
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Events conducted to direct relevant activities focused on different mental health issues and parent-child bonding.
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Satisfaction rate. Attendants reported improvement with their sense of stress and improved confidence in dealing with the issues.

‘Purpose – Professional – Driven’ to support and empower parents/carers based on:

Knowledge

Workshops conducted by child psychiatrists, clinical and educational psychologists with facilitated peer group discussions. Provides knowledge, insights and practical tips in coping with different types of mental illness in child development.

Support

Social worker facilitated gatherings to help carers acquiring de-stressing techniques to better manage their psycho-physical health. Guided self-help groups to allow carers release stress, vent feelings and share experiences for mutual support.

Family-bonding

Fun based interest workshops to offer a relaxing environment for intimate carer-child interaction. Children’s mental and physical wellbeing is a direct result of carers’ good quality of life.

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