Jireh Fund puts on gospel show to raise awareness on mental health

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 December, 2012, 4:58am

A Christian group is hoping to raise awareness about mental health issues with a gospel show on Sunday.

Organiser the Jireh Fund, whose members were promoting the event in Times Square yesterday, says it is concerned about Hongkongers' emotional welfare. "There's so much negative emotion out there right now," said Cindy Choi, of Jireh Fund.

Kwok Wai-wai, a clinical psychologist with the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, and a volunteer with the Jireh Fund, said that while she's seen an increase in the number of people seeking help for depression in Hong Kong, there have been no comprehensive studies done on its prevalence in the city.

She said many people with depression go through life undiagnosed, and encouraged those with symptoms to seek help.

Clinical depression is not just characterised by sadness, but a loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, tiredness, and poor concentration. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of disability, according to the World Health Organisation.

The gospel show will be held at Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Sunday at 7.30pm.