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Hong Kong needs a fresh look at mental health services

18 November 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) had warned as far back as 2000 that depression could become the second leading cause of disease and disability in the world by 2020.

Despite the stark warning, the Hong Kong government failed to conduct any population-based survey of mental disorders in the city for a long time.

It was only in 2010 that we finally saw some action. That year, the Food and Health Bureau commissioned the first territory-wide mental health study, aiming to examine the prevalence of mental disorders in the city.

In an interim report, The Hong Kong Mental Morbidity Survey 2010-2013 revealed that 362 (14.5 percent) out of 2,500 respondents aged between 16 and 75 were deemed to be having significant levels of neurotic symptoms.

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