“Progress in mental health in a population cannot be made without tackling the issues of stigma and discrimination. To curb these is a challenge to the entire society, not just patients and professionals.”
The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In Hong Kong and globally, mental health remains largely misunderstood and not equated (in both prevention and treatment) to physical illness.
An estimated 1 in 7 people in Hong Kong will experience a common mental disorder at any given time. Of those experiencing a mental health disorder, three-quarters will not seek professional help. Many will continue to suffer in isolation as a result of stigma, feelings of shame, lack of awareness about their condition, and a shortage of accessible professional support. Further statistics show that many environmental, personal and social stressors also contribute to mental health problems.
Prevalence of Mental Health Problems
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