Archive for the ‘December 2013 – Hong Kong’s Mental Health Woes’ Category
Mental illness strikes one in three people in Hong Kong, yet it is often either hidden or sensationalised. People with mental health problems suffer from social stigma and a lack of psychiatric and social services. The December issue of Varsity looks at some of the issues surrounding mental health in Hong Kong: Hong Kong lags behind […]
More than 195,000 people have been diagnosed with mental illness and are being treated within the public system. But Hong Kong’s psychiatric services lag far behind those in other developed economies. Varsity hears how the shortage of psychiatrists, mental health social workers and a lack of adequate community support affects the lives and recovery prospects of those with mental health problems in Hong Kong.
Mental health problems and suicidal thoughts are common but often overlooked in the elderly By Charlene Kwan and Katrina Lee The sound of laughter and song travel along the corridor from a spacious room decorated with handicrafts and colourful collages. Tables with mahjong and chess sets have been set up, awaiting players to take their […]
Caring for family members with mental illness can be a lonely, difficult and stressful experience. Social stigma, a lack of social support and financial pressures add to the burden for carers and leaves them vulnerable to mental health problems themselves. Here, carers share their stories of frustration and hope.