Whether you're looking for a psychotherapist, a psychiatrist or general mental health information, here are some links to get you started:
Finding a mental health professional:
Psychology Matters Asia provides a listing of mental health professionals across Asia including counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists. It also provides information on their area of specialty to help narrow down your search easily.
The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists have compiled a list of bilingual private psychiatrists that is kept up to date yearly.
The US Consulate has a listing of mental health professionals as well as other medical professionals.
Community based organisations (These services are primarily provided in Cantonese or Mandarin):
Integrated Community Centres for Mental Wellness are located in 15 locations across Hong Kong. Each centre provides a spectrum of mental health services including drop-in services, counselling, occupational therapy, and referrals to psychiatric services in local hospitals. The Social Welfare Department has a breakdown of services as well as the locations of ICCMWs across Hong Kong.
The HK Government also has a compilation of mental health services including a 24 hour mental health information enquiry hotline.
Baptist Oi Kwan Social Services provides a one-stop community mental health service for individuals and families. Services include counselling, psychiatric rehabilitation, employment assistance as well as referral services. They have centers across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
The E.A.S.Y (Early Assessment Service for Young People with Early Psychosis) program is a service organised by the hospital authority for individuals experiencing signs of early psychosis to get immediate treatment. Referral and assistance is available by getting in touch with them by calling 2928 3283.
Support and self-help groups:
Alcoholics Anonymous host regular meetings in various locations across Hong Kong in English or Chinese. The website is updated regularly to reflect upcoming meetings.
OCD and Anxiety Support Group hosts free monthly meetings to support those working through anxiety related issues. Contact them to let them know you want to join them beforehand.
Emergency & suicide prevention services:
The Samaritans is a 24 hour hotline providing support for anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide. You can reach them by calling 2896 0000 or find out more on their website.
Suicide Prevention Services provides a 24 hour hotline service to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide. Their number is 2382 0000. They also provide a suicide prevention services for the elderly and education programs for youths.
IAMAlive is an online crisis network that operates around the globe. For those who prefer to reach out to someone online, this can be a good alternative.
City Mental Health Alliance is an initiative to promote and create awareness around mental health and wellbeing for city workers. While it is based in the UK, it involves organisations from around the world. It seeks to help employers support a culture of openness, acceptance and knowledge around mental health issues for the many city workers in Hong Kong and around the globe.
Mind HK was introduced in Hong Kong recently after after being a long standing mental health charity in the UK (mind UK). It focuses on creating awareness and understanding about mental health through educational information, events and training programs. It has some useful information about various mental health issues on their website.
7 Cups of Tea is an anonymous online platform for those looking for someone to listen and chat with. Trained listeners can be contacted on the website for free. You may also find out more about how to be a trained listener.