The JC JoyAge Project developed and tested an innovative stepped-care model tailored to promote collaboration between mental health care and active aging services to support older adults at risk of depression or suffering from mild to moderate levels of depressive symptoms. The HKU research team implemented a quasi-experimental study with 3,662 older adults in the intervention group and 503 older adults in the control group to study the effectiveness of this stepped-care model. The findings are very promising with the intervention group, undergoing JC JoyAge service, is 5.74 times more effective in depression prevention and 3.55 times more effective in depression treatment than the control group, undergoing service as usual. The stepped care model is also cost-effective as every dollar invested in the JC JoyAge Project saved HK$2.14 for the local healthcare system, and at the same time, created HK$3.10 to HK$3.25 social value in the society
- To develop and evaluate a community based participatory model to promote mental health literacy and reduce mental health stigma among older people in Hong Kong.
- To develop evidence-based interventions for technology enhanced psycho-counselling among older people in Hong Kong.
- To develop and evaluate evidence based post-suicide community intervention model for local community;
- To develop and evaluate evidence based mental health interventions based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Integrated Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST) and Mindfulness based therapy with older adults with mental health challenges.
- To develop and evaluate a localized mental wellness recovery strategy for older people at risk or suffering from depression in Hong Kong.