YES I CAN: a trial of immersive VR to treat social avoidance

YES I CAN: a trial of immersive VR to treat social avoidance

AXA is committed to improving access to mental health treatments in Asia and reducing stigma, and is proud to be a partner of the Yes I Can initiative, a pioneering trial to assess the effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) treatment for mental wellbeing. This first-of-a-kind partnership with Oxford VR and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, is piloting ground-breaking automated immersive therapy for mental health in Asia including the Greater Bay Area. 

This project is the beneficiary of a financial contribution from AXA Research Fund.

Have you been feeling anxious lately? Are you struggling in everyday social situations?

Our health and wellbeing can be impacted by many different things, and low mood and anxiety can have a particularly dramatic effect on our daily social and working lives. Despite the high prevalence of low mood and anxiety, there remains a high level of stigma surrounding mental wellbeing in Asia. Also, for those who seek help, there is a long waiting time due to the lack of resources and a trained workforce.


We are proud to be launching a study to find out whether VR treatment can improve people’s wellbeing and anxiety levels and help them to feel more comfortable in social situations. Furthermore, we are determined to create more effective, evidence-based technological solutions that are widespread, quick and easily accessible.

If you have been feeling anxious in everyday situations, or excessively worried of being judged by others during social interactions then please register to see if our program works for you. If eligible, you can access the treatment for FREE.

Take part in our study


In order to take part in the study, you must:

  • Complete the registration questionnaire and be found suitable
  • Be 18 or over at the date of your registration
  • Be able to read and write in Chinese
  • Understand spoken Cantonese
  • Not suffer from photosensitive epilepsy
  • Not have significant issues hearing, seeing, or with balance
  • Be able to attend 1 initial meeting (online) & 3 VR sessions in our VR office (theDesk, United Centre, 5/F, 95 Queensway, Admiralty). We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
  • Have not joined this research previously
  • Not applicable to people receiving therapy specifically for social avoidance

You do not need to be covered by AXA insurance to take part in this study, but please let us know if you are covered.

Registration is currently open for our Cantonese language programme.

If you believe you are suitable for the trial, please register here. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will help us determine if you are suitable for the study. If successful, you will be contacted to book your first appointment. The first 200 participants will be reimbursed HK$300 when they have completed all the elements of the study. To find out more information, please call 852-2894 4769.


What is immersive therapy and virtual reality (VR)?

Where will the study take place?

What will happen during the study?

Aims of the study

We are seeking to find out whether this VR program can improve people’s mood and anxiety levels by helping them to feel more comfortable in social situations. We will compare the outcomes of people who used the VR program to those who did not.

Contact us
General enquiry: 852-2894 4769
Research location:theDesk, 5/F, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong