It is fantastic to see a rising importance being placed on mental health issues in Hong Kong, reflected by the Hong Kong Mental Health Conference held over the weekend. The 3 day event was centred around the theme and prime mission of overcoming the stigma of mental health, this proposed as being a more complex and difficult problem to tackle than mental illness itself. What I liked was that the conference was not purely academic and based around clinical research but incorporated speakers and practical sessions from a range of disciplines. This enabled an evaluation of the mental health issue from the perspective of the workplace, education, healthcare and policy perspectives.
It was also encouraging to see the Hong Kong government’s support, with Carrie Lam kicking off the conference, reiterating the Government’s commitment to support mental health and wellbeing.
Global statistics show that 1 in 4 will face a mental health issue next year. With these shocking statistics, it is critical that each one of us understands more about mental health recognising the warning signs in ourselves and others so action can be taken before more complex and long term problems occur.
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