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Hands-on approach to mental illness

With the aim of combatting the fear and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, Castle Peak Hospital’s Mind Space museum enables visitors to experience hallucinations, similar to the sensory experiences mentally ill patients encounter, by way of rooms that utilise virtual reality (VR) technology.   A group of secondary students recently embarked on a journey through Mind Space after registering and receiving patient wristbands. This unique mental health experience museum provided them with a comprehensive understanding of the development of psychiatric services in Hong Kong.   Displays in the museum showcase intriguing relics, including the evolution of restraints and handwritten patient records. Additionally, the students were given the opportunity to explore a mock protection room designed to provide a calming environment for patients.   Furthermore, students could learn about the scientific aspects behind the causes of mental illness at the Brain Tour zone. One of the

Overseas study scholarships open

The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council is inviting applications for its overseas fellowships and scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year.   The fellowships and scholarships aim at encouraging outstanding students to pursue further studies in reputable institutions overseas.   Successful candidates are expected to have a strong sense of commitment to Hong Kong and be ready to contribute significantly to the community upon graduation.   The fellowships are for studies leading to postgraduate degrees either by research or by coursework. The maximum value of a fellowship is $300,000 per year, tenable for up to three years for a doctoral degree or two years for a master's degree.   The scholarships are for studies leading to undergraduate degrees with a maximum value of $280,000 per year, tenable for up to three years.   Those interested are responsible for fulfilling all application procedures and admission requirements of the academic institutions of their choice.   The applications period will end on September 9.   Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend interviews in Hong Kong. The first round of interviews is scheduled for January next year.   Application forms and information notes are available on the Working Family & Student Financial Assistance Agency's Student Finance Office website. Applications have to be completed and submitted online through the GovHK website.   Call 2150 6097 or 2150 6110 for enquiries.

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