Mental Health

Government urged to set up mental health commission

Paul Wong Wai-ching, of the University of Hong Kong, wants to promote understanding of mental health issues and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.

The government is being urged to set up a mental health commission to manage the problems of long-term mental patients and fill the gap left by the present lack of an overall strategy.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 11:10am

Talking points

The Shenzhou 10 rocket

Countdown under way for Shenzhou launch

China's next manned rocket is expected to be launched tomorrow night. The Shenzhou 10 rocket and spaceship, which will carry a crew of three, has already been moved to the launch pad in the remote Gobi desert, in the northern province of Gansu . The ship will link up with the Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace") 1 module.


10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am

Health in the workplace

Professor Carol Black is an expert on health in the workplace. Photo: May Tse

What's the cost of poor health? For EDF Energy, one of Britain's largest energy companies, ill health among employees costs £13 million (HK$164.4 million) a year.

27 May 2013 - 11:02am 1 comment

Fit & Fab: Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers has been curious about living a meaningful life since a young age. If the free spirit wasn't playing beach volleyball in southern California, she was questioning her New Age mother on everything.

7 May 2013 - 10:56am

Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Associate professor Sylvia Kwok Lai Yuk-ching, of City University, said: "Chinese families have higher expectations of boys than girls. That's why boys may experience more stress from their parents to deliver better academic performances."

5 May 2013 - 5:03am

China's new mental health law to make it harder for authorities to silence petitioners

More than 9 per cent of Xinjiang's population live with mental illness, a top doctor in Urumqi (above) has said. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The director of Xinjiang's largest mental health institution has welcomed a new law, which went into effect on Wednesday, banning involuntary inpatient treatment for many people deemed mentally ill. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Great E-scapes

Great E-scapes

Hunched over, a young Fruit Ninja fan squirms on his MTR seat, slicing bananas as if his life depends on it. Next to him two women share earphones, while a sharp-suited, but slouching businessman opposite frantically scrolls through his BlackBerry.

23 Apr 2013 - 10:49am

Tai chi, mahjong offer hope for dementia patients

Memorising moves exercises the mind. Photo: May Tse

It seems two popular pastimes in Hong Kong - mahjong and tai chi - have more than just sweeping hand movements in common. A recent study indicates they can both keep elderly minds sharp.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:42am

One third of young mentally ill stuck in cycle of home-idling

More than one-third of mentally-disturbed young people are trapped in a cycle of idling at home, with nearly a quarter of these suffering from internet addiction, researchers claim.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Axe murderer hopes insanity plea will spare life

Photo from the China Youth Daily of a memorial service held by hospital staff for murdered doctor Kang Hongqian in December.

Wang Yingshen, 62, was deprived of political rights for life and sentenced to death earlier this month after being charged with deliberate murder by the province’s Court of First Instance.

21 Feb 2013 - 4:26pm

Ask the Doctors

Can fasting (or eating very lightly) a couple of days per week do wonders for one's health?

I have read that fasting (or eating very lightly) a couple of days per week can do wonders for one's health, and for the brain in particular. Is this true?

29 Jan 2013 - 9:09am

Letters to the Editor, January 10, 2013

Ban fishing at our marine parks. Photo: SCMP

Zero-waste target feasible for Hong Kong

I refer to the letter from Christine Loh, undersecretary for the environment ("Government plans to increase recycling rate and reduce waste", January 2), on waste and the need for additional landfills.

I hope she fully understands her role with regard to protection of our environment.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:58am

Letters to the Editor, January 3, 2013

A stronger PLA will be good for the nation. Photo: Reuters

Time almost stands still at Now TV

After reading the correspondence focusing on Now TV often showing repeats of BBC series, I am writing to say that this is too often the case and is widespread across English-language channels.

Now Broadband TV might transmit over the internet, yet is a company where time almost stands still.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:21am 5 comments

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

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.

24 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

China Digest, November 28, 2012

A couple's plan to have a "natural" pregnancy and birth at their home did not go as expected, as the woman was in labour for two days before the father-to-be decided he should call her a taxi to take her to hospital, the New Express newspaper reports.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:02am