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Mental Health Awareness Month (pt 3)

Hailey + Vincent


How you can seek help in HK


There are a variety of local services that support mental health in HK:

  • Open Up (www.openup.hk) provides online chat support

  • The Clinical Psychological Service of the Social Welfare Department: +852 2343-2255

  • Shall We Talk (shallwetalk.hk): a mental health promotion and public education initiative launched by the Advisory Committee on Mental Health

  • Suicide prevention hotline (the Samaritans): +852 28960000

  • English Emotional Support Hotline (the Samaritan Befrienders): +852 23892223 (English-only)

  • DSE Hotline (The HK Federation of Youth Groups): 27771122 (Cantonese-only)

  • Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre: +852 18288

  • HK Red Cross Psychological Support Service: https://www.redcross.org.hk/en/covid_pss.html


Furthermore, if you are going through periods of compulsory isolation, HKU Wellcation (https://wellcation.csrp.hku.hk/) has tips and resources on how to stay strong.


Finally, according to the NHS, doing the following can help you improve your mental wellbeing:

  1. Social interaction: can help increase your sense of self-worth whilst providing a platform of emotional support for both you and others

  2. Exercising: evidence has shown that exercise causes chemical changes in your brain that are likely to boost your mood, motivation, and your cardiovascular health

  3. Improving / learning new skills: gives you a sense of purpose and helps raise self-esteem and resilience

  4. Giving to others: cultivates positive feelings and gives you and others an aim - to help others!

  5. Being mindful: living in the present and not worrying about the future enhances self-awareness, making many more calm and reflective. It can help you understand yourself better.


Let’s all take action


What should you do?

  • Do not discriminate against those going through hard times; instead, be supportive to and try to help them (financially, mentally, or physically)

  • Simply listen and concentrate on someone’s needs

  • Stay connected with others - constantly reach out to them every time policies change etc.

    • Make the use of technology to stay connected with close ones

  • Find your online resources to help yourself and others (AHA, MHA, Mind HK, etc. have a lot of free resources you can sign up for)


Volunteering

Volunteering is also an invaluable way to support mental health in HK - offering the chance to make a difference, empowering both yourself and others. Some organizations you can help out at include:


Hong Kong Mental Health Foundation https://hkmhf.org/be-a-volunteer/?lang=en


Sources (For all three parts)


May is National Mental Health Month - Youth.Gov


Mentalhealth.gov: Home - MentalHealth.gov


School of Social Work: About Garrett Lee Smith - Monmouth University

Mind HK: About us, Mental Health Statistics in HK, HK’s attitude towards Mental Health - Mind HK


“Move it for Mental Health” Campaign - Mind HK


WHO: No health without mental health! - China Daily HK


Mental Health Month - Mental Health America


Mental Health Awareness Week - Mental Health Foundation


Find Help Now - Mind HK


How Covid-19 quarantine isolation in Hong Kong is hurting mental health - SCMP


Initiative Background - Shall We Talk


Mental Health Review Report - Hong Kong Government


About us - Mental Health UK


5 steps to mental wellbeing


Researcher - Hailey & Vincent

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