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For a better approach to mental well-being, Hong Kong society needs to work together

18 January 2017

Paul Yip hopes the next chief executive will use innovative methods and community resources to address mental health concerns in a shared society ideal.

Mental health is one of the major public concerns in our city. The first-ever Hong Kong Mental Morbidity Survey, which interviewed more than 5,700 people aged 16-75 between 2010 and 2013, found that nearly one in seven suffered from common mental disorders, such as anxiety or depression.

The Asia-Pacific Mental Health and Integration Index, published last October, ranked Hong Kong seventh among 15 regional peers in having an effective mental health policy. And the city has less than five psychiatrists serving every 100,000 people, far below the median rate in other high-income economies.

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