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.
Oxford VR is a spin out company from the University of Oxford and is a world-class clinical experts in developing psychological therapies using immersive technology.
CUHK has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and research and will be conducting the trial itself.
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.
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.
Immersive therapy is a form of treatment using a computer simulated three-dimensional environment that you are immersed in using virtual reality headsets. Using hand-held controllers, you can interact with the environment. Immersive VR allows you to test behaviours that you may feel uncomfortable doing in real life in a safe and controlled environment. VR is commonly used to create the life-like environments and experience in today’s computer games.
Oxford VR’s programs are fully automated with a coach within the virtual environment.
It will take place at theDesk, 5/F, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong. For enquiries, please call 852-2894 4769.
The process of the study:
- Register & complete the online questionnaire
- If eligible, you will be able to book your first appointment
- Go to our VR office for your first appointment where you will be told more about the study and asked to complete some questionnaires (approximately 45-min appointment)
- Sign a consent form to take part in the study
- Complete further questionnaires online at different points during the study
- Attend 3 more appointments at our VR office (approximately 1.5 hours long)
- 1 month follow up questionnaire
The first 200 participants will be reimbursed HK$300 when they have completed all of the elements of 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.
General enquiry: 852-2894 4769
Research location: theDesk, 5/F, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong