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USJ Social Work students participated in the ARTM Community Health Bazaar 2022

2022-05-23

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On May 22, 2022, Year 1 students of the Bachelor of Social Work Programme joined the community health bazaar event at Ká-Hó, Coloane, Macau, organised by the Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau and co-organised by the USJ Department of Social Work Department.



On May 22, 2022, Year 1 students of the Bachelor of Social Work Programme joined the community health bazaar event at Ká-Hó, Coloane, Macau, organised by the Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau (ARTM). The Department of Social Work Department (DSW) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) was one of the co-organizers in charge of a booth promoting community health.

Head of the Department of Social Work Prof. Jacky Ho, Prof. Leona Ng from the SWD, and the Year 1 Social Work students also jointly co-organized and developed the exhibition about mental health issues called “Our Mind 我瞞心聲展覽”.

The mental health booth aims to give citizens a better understanding of depression due to the rate of suicide increased in Macau. Students demonstrated a great effort at the booth, involving the patients’ point of view, how others viewed depression patients, expanding the participant’s awareness of local services, etc. Moreover, participants were encouraged to write down their supporting messages to depression patients in the mental health booth.

To sum up, the booth at the community health bazaar was a new experience for the Social Work Year 1 students. It was the first time our Year 1 students developed their leadership, organizing, collaboration, and communication skills. Students also got the opportunity to interact with real-world experiences and learn more about mental health issues.