Mental Disorder

Employers should focus on abilities, not disabilities

Kyaw Saing (front) and Edward Bunker. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Nesbitt Centre focuses on promoting abilities rather than disabilities, something which the disabled have found heartening.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 11:00am

Disability no hurdle to Special Marathon 2013 participants

Runners put their best feet forward at the sports track at Chinese University's Sha Tin campus yesterday morning. Photo: Felix Wong

Thousands of people took part in a special race yesterday aimed at breaking down the barriers for people with mental disabilities.

A record-high turnout of 1,988 people took part in the three-kilometre and five-kilometre races of the iRun Hong Kong Jockey Club Special Marathon 2013, organised by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Briefs, December 21, 2012

Taiwan's ex-president Chen Shui-bian - already serving an 18-1/2-year prison term for corruption and money-laundering - was yesterday convicted and sentenced to another 10 years for taking bribes from a local financial group, the island's Supreme Court said. 

21 Dec 2012 - 4:34am

Knifeman attacked children at Henan school unhindered for 30 minutes

The mentally ill man who punched and slashed 23 people - mostly children - in a Henan province primary school on Friday rampaged through the premises for more than half an hour before he was stopped.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Battle to ease fears over the mentally ill

Misconceptions about mental illness are still rife.

Parents are reluctant to let their children take part in a government initiative that tries to promote a better understanding of psychiatric patients.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Autism concerns

Half of Hong Kong's children currently diagnosed as autistic may be denied treatment following a major change to the clinical definition, concern groups warned.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Chop killer had just left hospital

A psychiatric patient who killed a security guard yesterday had visited a public hospital just three hours earlier.

The guard was nearly decapitated in the frenzied chopper attack in Sheung Shui.

The 53-year-old man left North District Hospital after the consultation at 4.15am.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Candidates dodged mental health issue

In a generally uneventful campaign for last Sunday's district council elections, perhaps the biggest non-event was a survey to flush out candidates' views on having a mental health centre in their district. Only 98 of more than 850 candidates responded. The question, posed by the Alliance for Advocating Mental Health Policy, was of district and wider public interest.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Mental health a poor relation in Hong Kong

October 10 was designated World Mental Health Day by the World Health Organisation. The day raises public awareness of mental health issues and encourages investment in the prevention and cure of mental disorders.

However, in Hong Kong, we only seem to be concerned with mental health when someone is mentally ill or shows signs of depression or similar problems.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

More women suffer mental illness than men

Almost one in five Hongkongers show serious symptoms of mental illnesses - and the majority of them are women, a survey has revealed.

The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists interviewed 1,208 participants in August - 521 males and 687 females. Results show 210 of them, or 17.3 per cent, were considered as having significant levels of neurotic symptoms.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Draft of mental health law released

The State Council has released a draft of the country's first mental health law for public consultation, amid evidence of rampant abuse, including people being locked up for years in mental facilities by families or local governments.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Locked up in an asylum - even if you're sane

The mainland still lacks a law governing the treatment of the mentally ill even though the process of drawing up such legislation started 26 years ago.

The legal vacuum has been highlighted by a spate of high-profile scandals in which sane people have been locked up in psychiatric hospitals due to personal grudges or for challenging the authorities.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am


Let's clamp down on plagiarism

Creativity plays an important role in an information-based society. We need creative minds to improve our living conditions.

Unfortunately, some companies that offer writing-for-hire services undermine students' creative thinking abilities.

28 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Psychological reports for accused teenager

25 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Mentally ill slipping through the cracks

The treatment and rehabilitation of mental patients and their underlying threat to the community have again come under the spotlight in the wake of a recent chopping attack involving one such patient in Kwai Shing, which left two dead and three seriously injured.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am