Young people suffering mental illness will be referred to doctors' clinics, instead of hospitals, under government plans to integrate mental health into outpatient care. The move comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported yesterday that suicide was a rising health problem in Asia, particularly among young people in China. The report was released on the eve of World Mental Health Day today. Hong Kong figures were not mentioned in the WHO report, but the Hospital Authority said the incidence of psychosis among young people aged 15 to 25 was 'particularly high'. The authority last week launched a programme targeting about 1,400 teenagers for assessment for early treatment of psychosis. A spokesman for the Health and Welfare Bureau said yesterday plans were being considered to share the care and treatment of the young mentally ill with family doctors, instead of providing them only with hospital care. Patients with less acute mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, would also be referred to primary-care doctors practising at Hospital Authority-run family medicine clinics, he said. Working men who suffer from alcoholism, smoking-related illness and work-related stress would be the target of a new government health service, the Department of Health said yesterday. The service, likely to be launched next year, is aimed at offering preventive health and education on diseases. A department spokeswoman said the programme would cater for the 1.8 million men aged 20 to 55 in the working population. The department did not plan to set up special clinics for men, as it had done for women, she said. Edith Lau Ming-chu, associate professor in the department of community and family medicine at the Chinese University, welcomed the move. 'Worldwide there has been a move to refocus to a certain extent on men's health. If you examine the morbidity and mortality statistics for any ageing population, for many conditions, men suffer higher morbidity and mortality than women,' she said. Men's health had become such a special area of interest that the first World Congress on Men's Health was being held next month in Vienna, Dr Lau said.