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Student Wellness

Let’s talk

Sometimes it is difficult to say what is on your mind; whether it is a question on relationship, school, stress or sadness, talking and sharing your concerns with another person can make a positive change! And that’s what Let’s talk is all about!

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What is Let's Talk?

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counsellors from Student Wellness Services.  Counsellors hold walk-in hours at different sites around campus Monday through Friday.  There is no appointment or fee necessary.  All sites are open to all HKUMed students.

What happens at a visit to Let's Talk?

Appointments are first-come, first-served.  Usually there is not much of a wait.  The counsellor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

How is Let's Talk different from Student Wellness team 's Counselling service?

Counsellors at Student Wellness team provide ongoing counselling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly 45-50 minute appointments.  Let's Talk is not formal counselling -- it is a drop in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counsellor from time to time. 

Who should visit Let's Talk?

This service is open to all HKUMed undergraduate and graduate studentsLet's Talk is the best fit for the following people:

  1. students who are not sure about counselling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counsellor;
  2. students who are not interested in ongoing counselling but would like the perspective of a counsellor;
  3. students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through;
  4. students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.

Frequently Asked Questions about Let’s Talk

Absolutely.  The counsellor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help.  If you feel comfortable with the counsellor, it's sometimes possible to meet with him or her in an ongoing way.

The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your counsellor.  Counsellors are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative.  Oftentimes an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles.  If, after talking with your counsellor, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your counsellor directly, either in person or by e-mail.

Conversations with Let's Talk counsellors are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions.  Counsellors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Let's Talk counsellors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to Student Wellness Team, other clinical staff may see these notes.  Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order.  Let's Talk visits are never noted on a student's official university record.

We don't want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help.  If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let's Talk counsellor.

Although Let's Talk counsellors are professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counselling and does not constitute mental health treatment.  Let's Talk counsellors provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it's like to speak with a counsellor.  Your Let's Talk counsellor can help you determine whether formal counselling at HKUMed would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.

If you have any more questions, please contact HKUMed, at 39179075 or medwell@hku.hk.

The Let‘s Talk program at HKUMed is based in part on the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material describing this program has been adapted from the Cornell University Let’s Talk website. Special thanks to Cornell University CAPS, for sharing their expertise and experience.