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Hong Kong youth

Counselling can heal: there’s no stigma to seeking help

  • Having a trained professional listen to your concerns and provide advice can be immensely useful. Besides, seeking help is the first step to solving the problem
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 December, 2018, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 December, 2018, 5:00pm

I refer to Marco Au Yong's letter (“Counselling is the best approach to school bullies,” November 28). Counselling is essential not only to resolve issues for school kids, but for adults as well. Everywhere in Hong Kong, we can see frustrated people. The whole city is exposed to many potential areas of conflict, where counselling can help.

Counselling is available quite easily. Apart from dedicated agencies, hotlines, churches and social welfare centres all provide expert help. However, those who need it most often do not gain access to it. Why? Because many feel reluctant to reveal their problems to strangers. Others simply do not believe that it works.

I have tried counselling a few times in my life, regarding workplace, family and spiritual matters, and have found it immensely helpful. My counsellors came from various sources: all well-trained, professional and to-the-point. They directed me to see my situation from different angles and offered alternatives to help me solve my problems.

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As long as one is ready to listen, accept one’s problems and cooperate, there is a chance that counselling will succeed. Even if it doesn't solve the problem completely, at least it releases the pressure that results from it.

It would be wonderful if Hongkongers became more open to this practice. Cases of mental breakdown, conflict and even suicide could then be greatly reduced. Readiness to seek help can often be the first step to solving one’s problems.

Jacqueline Kwan, Mid-Levels