2010 Meritorious Websites Award – Little Prince is Depressed
優秀網站選舉得獎網站 –「憂鬱小王子之路」

Depression becomes a prevalent illness. Most of the general public do not know what it is about, and would not recognize the need to seek help.  The World Health Organization warns that “depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by YLDs and the 4th leading contributor to the global burden of disease (DALYs) in 2000. By the year 2020, depression is projected to reach 2nd place of the ranking of DALYs calcuated for all ages, both sexes. Today, depression is already the 2nd cause of DALYs in the age category 15-44 years for both sexes combined.” Provided that depression is always a high risk factor to suicide and contrastingly a strong stigmatization to the illness, the CSRP has created an innovative educational website entitled “Little Prince Is Depressed” aiming to de-stigmatize biases on the illness by providing accessible, in-depth, easy-to-understand and evidence-based information on depression and common stressors among adolescents and young adults.

We understand public’s limited knowledge on depression could be one of the sources of biases and delayed help-seeking behaviour.  We believe education can be effective to convey our messages of de-stigmatization and help-seeeking.  Taking the idea of folktale letting learners learn a message from oral stories, we created an evidence-based website (i.e. Little Prince is Depressed) with an online cartoon character named, The Little Prince, with colourful animated pictures and story framework. It was portrayed that the Prince has been through journeys of depression (a.k.a emotional flu in the website) and learned skills to help himself alongside. Targeting people with mild to moderate depression and general public, the Prince also acts as a virtual companion with the readers online.

The “Little Prince is Depressed” consists of a number of modules:

  1. Introduction – cause of depression, symptoms and how it relates to suicide
  2. Scale – measure your level of mental health
  3. Treatment – antidepressant, therapies and alternative methods
  4. Health life – how to relax, mood management and healthy lifestyle
  5. Sharing – how to deal with education problems, work stress and interpersonal relationship
  6. Post office – e-card and wallpaper

The mental health literacy of depression has been transferred and enhanced via a journal travelling character and has been proved well receiving. The “Little Prince is Depressed” website has won awards in recognizing its effectiveness in the community, especially to children and teenagers. It has also been receiving good comments from overseas mental health professionals.

This year, the website has won one of the tenth 2010 Meritorious Websites Contest.




  1. 簡介──抑鬱症成因、徵狀,以及與自殺行為的關係
  2. 測量──計算你的心理健康水平
  3. 治療──抗抑鬱藥、治療方法及另類療法
  4. 健康人生──如何減壓、情緒管理及健康生活方法
  5. 分享──如何處理學業問題、工作壓力,以及人際關係
  6. 郵局──發送電子心意卡及桌布下戴



CSRP Director Prof Paul Yip (middle), Project Director Ms Frances Law (right) and team members sharing their pride with the participated creative team. Thanks to Mr Pasu AuYeung, Ms You See Hand and the WestcomZivo Ltd.
香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心總監葉兆輝教授(中),策劃總監羅亦華女士(右),小組成員及參與創作小組分享獲獎喜悅。感謝歐陽業俊先生、游思行小姐及WestcomZivo Ltd.網頁設計公司

Project representatives receiving the trophy from Hon. Samson Tam Wai Ho, JP (right). Member of Legislative Council (Information Technology)

Group photos of 2010 Meritorious Websites Contestants and the guests

3 Responses to “2010 Meritorious Websites Award – Little Prince is Depressed
優秀網站選舉得獎網站 –「憂鬱小王子之路」”
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