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More young Hongkongers seek treatment for mental health problems, figures show

16 May 2016
Number of youngsters under 15 years old who sought help from Hospital Authority’s psychiatry department jumps 78 per cent since 2010.

The number of young people seeking treatment for mental health problems at public facilities increased steadily between 2010 and last year, with the biggest jump – 78 per cent – seen in those under 15 years of age.

The number from this age group seeking treatment at the Hospital Authority’s psychiatry department increased from 12,500 in the 2010-11 financial year to 22,300 in 2014-15, according to figures from the authority.

Dr Ivan Mak Wing-chit, a psychiatrist, said the figure was “worrying” and that the findings were in line with other research in the field indicating young people were increasingly suffering from mental illness in Hong Kong.

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