University journey may be challenging, but you don't have to manage it alone. We have heard your voices on the importance of peers to foster the university as a welcoming, supportive and accommodating campus. uPals is a newly launched program by the Wellness and Counselling Centre of the Office of the Student Affairs focusing on peer wellness promotion and strengthening peer support atmosphere. The initiative is developed based on the premise that wellness is essential to learning, working, and strengthening physical, emotional, intellectual, social, mental and cultural wellbeing.
The uPals members will work together to plan and implement mental wellness campaigns to promote supportive, fun and caring service projects on campus. All trainings and workshops are mainly conducted in English as another stream of peer support network in parallel with the uBuddies program. Our uPals team will undergo around 30 hours of training and deliver service projects directed on promoting wellness by increasing awareness of student mental health issues and encouraging positive caring actions throughout the whole year.
Join the uPals program
If you are full-time non-final year undergraduate students in The Chinese University of Hong Kong; and you:
- are interested in organizing some fun events focusing on mental health with local and non-local students
- wish to organize cheering-up activities during exam period
- love to support peers
- want to promote positive lifestyle choices to support mental wellness
You will master effective helping skills and basic mental health knowledge through a series of training programs, include helping skills, Mental Health First Aid Standard Course, adventure-based day camp training, etc., to develop expertise in delivering service projects in the pursuit of mental wellness.
Jan 10 & 17 (Fri)
|2 sessions of helping skills training (conducted in English)|
| Jan 11, 2020 (Sat)
9am – 6pm
|1 day adventure-based training camp for team building (conducted in English)|
|Feb 7, 21, 28 & Mar 6, 2020 (Fri)
4:30pm – 7:30pm
|12 hours on Mental Health First Aid Standard Course training (conducted in English)|
|March to May 2020
||Attend 2 Wellness Workshops (Expressive Art, Mindfulness Tasting, Emotion Regulation or Horticultural Therapy, etc., conducted in English or Mandarin)|
After receiving training, as well as organizing service projects, you will obtain the following qualifications:
- CUHK uPals Certificate
- Mental Health First Aid Certificate
- Eligible for the election of 'Best Service Project of the Year'
- The qualification obtained will be recorded in the Student Development Portfolio (SDP)