Mental Health

Stress and anxiety are common for people who live in fast-moving cities like Hong Kong.  Knowing how to stay psychologically healthy and deal with daily stress can help you to enjoy life and maintain good relationships. This page provides information on mental well-being and the professional services offered for those with serious mental distress.

Coping with Mental Stress

Tension in family relationships, financial hardship, examinations, heavy workloads and the hustle and bustle of urban living are all possible sources of stress. Although stress can have a positive effect on our learning and work performance, it can also lead to insomnia and a range of physical and psychological problems if it becomes too severe or lasts too long. But there are ways to deal with insomnia and the various types of mental stress that you might encounter.

How to deal with insomnia and mental stress

Some mental health issues are particularly relevant to men, women and the elderly. These problems are all preventable when you have the correct information and take the right approach.

More on mental health for menMore on mental health for womenMore on mental health for the elderly

Thought Pieces on Mental Health

The experience of others who have been through similar situations can offer you insights into your own problems. The Social Welfare Department provides a series of articles by clinical psychologists on subjects ranging from relationships and parenting to surviving adversity. These ‘thought pieces’ share real-life cases and provide helpful advice on handling difficult issues that can significantly affect your mental health.

Thought pieces by clinical psychologists (Available in Chinese only)

Mental Health Services and Enquiry Hotlines

The Hospital Authority and the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong maintain 24-hour hotlines for people who need help with mental health problems. A number of other government departments and non-government organisations also offer enquiry hotlines and mental health services targeted at different groups, such as men, women, children and youth. 

Information about mental health services and hotlines (pdf file)

Professional Help

For those with more serious psychological distress, the Clinical Psychological Service of the Social Welfare Department can provide free professional help and advice. Contact a social worker or call the Social Welfare Department hotline at 2343-2255 for assistance.

Clinical Psychological Service of the Social Welfare Department

Early Assessment Service for Young People with Psychosis (EASY) Programme

Early psychosis is an abnormal mental state. The thoughts and feelings of people with early psychosis are often out of touch with reality. Other common features include confused thoughts, delusions and hallucinations. Although people of all ages can develop symptoms of early psychosis, its incidence amongst young people aged 15 to 25 is particularly high. If young people with early psychosis can be detected and treated at an early stage, the chances of it developing into various mental diseases can be greatly reduced. An EASY hotline (29-283-283) has been set up for public enquiries and the referral of cases.

Early Assessment Service for Young People with Psychosis (EASY) Programme
Last review date: December 2016