Talk2Me IM

13-11-2014

KELY has worked hard to figure out the best and most sustainable way to deliver the aims of our Talk2Me IM programme.  Initially piloted as a helpline for a few months, we found that our aim of supporting young people via Instant Messaging could be better achieved through peer support, and a programme that would skill up young people to be supportive peers. The modified and upgraded Talk2Me IM is a school-based skills training programme which aims to deliver similar objectives, and has piloted in September 2015 in a school in Kwun Tong, one of Hong Kong’s disadvantaged districts. The programme aims to help secondary school students learn communication skills and peer support, and get them to use these via instant messaging – the most popular mean of communication for the majority of young people in Hong Kong, who were found to spend over 3½ hours daily on their phones[i].

Through Talk2Me IM, we hope to equip a group of more skilled, knowledgeable and empathetic teenagers who will use instant messaging to offer emotional support and myth busting around risk-taking behaviours, such as drug and alcohol use, to their peers. 

The programme, delivered over four months, aims to achieve the objectives below.  Participants will gain:

  • Knowledge of a range of communication skills and styles
  • An understanding of how to be supportive in practice, including as a peer supporter
  • Basic knowledge of risks associated with drug and alcohol use as well as other youth related high risk behaviours and referral resources in case of emergencies.
  • Opportunities to practice supportive text messaging through scenarios and role-playing

[i] A Survey of Mobile Phone Use by Youth, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, 7 November 2013

 
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