Mental illness

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.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 6:55am

Letters to the Editor, January 16, 2013

Dr Albert Yuen has played a vital role. Photo: SCMP

Think beyond city's pillar industries

Last month, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned against "blindly" pursuing new sectors.

He defended the city's pillar industries - finance, logistics and trade, tourism and professional services.

I disagree with the comments regarding pursuit of new sectors.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:34am 1 comment

Time to reach out to people on edge

Hong Kong's suicide rate is 13.6 per 100,000. Photo: Bobby Yip

Barriers, boundaries and beyond - that was the theme of the 5th Asia-Pacific conference on suicide prevention held in Chennai, southeastern India, which I attended.

The focus was on the barriers experienced by the mentally unwell when they try to seek help.

14 Jan 2013 - 5:07am

Lessons to learn from freed mental patient's murder-suicide

Mentally ill patients' attempts to suicide can be prevented. Photo: Simon Song

Once more, there has been a tragedy in Hong Kong involving a mentally ill patient and, again, questions are being raised as to whether it could have been prevented. A Tai Koo Shing housewife who had twice threatened to commit suicide strangled her 10-year-old son on Tuesday before hanging herself.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:57am

Woman strangles son, 10, then hangs herself

Firefighters cover windows of the woman's flat. Photo: SCMP

A woman strangled her 10-year-old son before hanging herself at their home in Taikoo Shing yesterday, police said

The apparent murder and suicide happened four days after Louie Miu-man, 47, was discharged from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am 1 comment

NPC passes first mental health law

China's legislature passed a long-awaited mental health law that aims to prevent people from being involuntarily held and treated in psychiatric facilities. Photo: AP

After more than a quarter century of discussion, the National People's Congress Standing Committee has passed the first national mental health law, including a ban on forced confinement.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:36am

Art therapy programme in Hong Kong helps patients with mental illness

Joe Chan took part in an art therapy course. Photo: Nora Tam

Glimpsing into a mind troubled by mental illness may sound difficult, but an art therapy programme by the University of Hong Kong has opened a window into the hearts and minds of people with such a condition.

24 Oct 2012 - 12:22pm

One in three suffer mental illness, survey finds

One in three suffer mental illness, survey finds

More than one-third of Hongkongers suffer from mental illness, according to a survey by city psychiatrists.

The organisers of the Mental Health Month campaign, who conducted the survey, say the findings suggest that middle-aged, poorly educated, jobless men who are shy and quiet are the most vulnerable when it came to mental health.

6 Oct 2012 - 4:15am