Caring for Ex-mentally Ill People

Here you can learn about the information and services the Government provides for mentally-ill and ex-mentally ill people as well as their carers.

Knowing about Mental Illnesses

The following link takes you to introduction to various mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorder, bipolar, depression and Schizophrenia, so that you can understand the symptoms and treatment for different psychiatric illnesses.

Understanding mental illnesses (available in Chinese only)

Besides, there are other abnormal mental conditions such as psychosis. You can click the link below for more information about psychosis and the service programme that assists young people suffering from it.

The E.A.S.Y. Programme

Support Services

The Social Welfare Department provides various social rehabilitation services for ex-mentally ill persons, such as vocational training, residential care homes and community support services. It aims to help them develop their capabilities to the fullest and integrate into the community.

Social rehabilitation services for ex-mentally ill persons

Below are some other rehabilitation services provided by non-governmental organisations for the mentally-ill and ex-mentally ill.

Rehabilitation services from Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service (available in Chinese only)Caritas Hong KongChristian Family Service Centre (available in Chinese only)Fu Hong SocietyThe Mental Health Association of Hong Kong (available in Chinese only)New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation AssociationRichmond Fellowship of Hong KongThe Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong KongStewardsHong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare CouncilTung Wah Group of HospitalsSelf-help organisations of ex-mentally ill personsParents / Relatives Resource Centre

Medical Support

The Community Psychiatric Nursing Service(CPNS) by the Hospital Authority provides nursing care and treatment for psychiatric patients in their own homes.

More on CPNSCommunity Psychiatric Team

On the other hand, Psychiatric Day Hospitals and Psychiatrist Out-patient Clinics provides multidisciplinary assessment, continued care and rehabilitation services to psychiatric patients.

More on Psychiatric Day HospitalsSearch for Psychiatrist Out-Patient Clinics

Financial Support

The Social Security Allowance (SSA) Scheme provides monthly allowance to citizens who are severely disabled or who are 65 years old or above with special needs arising from disability or old age. You can refer to the following link for more details.

More on SSA

Emotional Support

For ex-mentally ill people to truly start a new life in the community, acceptance and support from family members and the community is important. Meanwhile, if ex-mentally ill people are found to have emotional disturbance or their family members are under enormous stress, remember to seek help.

New life for ex-mentally ill peopleMore on mental healthClinical psychological services

Equal Opportunities

Under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, people with mental illness or with a history of mental illness and their carers should not be discriminated against, harassed or vilified on the ground of the patients’ disability. You can learn about your rights through the following link.

The Disability Discrimination Ordinance and people with a mental/ex-mental illness
Last revision date: September 2016