22/04/2021 (Thursday) 13:00-14:00 E21B-G002

Digital mental health intervention for migrant workers: A story from Macau during the COVID-19 pandemic

Compared with other international migrants (ie, international students), migrant workers (MWs) encounter more barriers in accessing health services in host countries (eg, inadequate health insurance and social protection). Under normal conditions, MWs have a high burden of common mental disorders (eg, depression and anxiety) and a lower quality of life than local populations. This situation could worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the potential and fear of governmental-imposed quarantine and lost income. This session will be divided into three parts. First is brief information about the condition of MWs in Macau during the early pandemic. Second is a brief explanation about the cultural adaptation process of Kumusta Kabayan (KK), a digital mental health intervention using mobile and web-based applications. Third is preliminary results and lessons learnt from the KK pilot randomized controlled trial study among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Macau. The sharing in the last part will focus on the hybrid effectiveness-implementation designs using Reach-Efficacy/Effectiveness-Adoption-Implementation-Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework.

A brief bio
Andrian Liem coordinated the piloting Step-by-Step program from the WHO, a digital mental health intervention for migrant workers in Macau. His research interests include clinical, health, and cultural psychology; integrative medicine; migrants and refugees; gender and sexuality; and mixed-methods designs.