Hong Kong has always been a stressful city to live in, and recent events have, sadly, not made it any easier. Whether you're a long-term sufferer of mental illness or you have just been struggling with stress and anxious thoughts lately, we've put together a list of affordable mental health care services you can seek help from.
Affordable mental health care services in Hong Kong
Oasis is a mental health care service offered by an English-speaking international church in Wan Chai, The Vine. Its team of trained counselors provides counseling for individuals and couples and operates an affordable, sliding-scale fee (variable prices based on your ability to pay) for its services. You and your counsellor will discuss and establish the fee per session together, and if there are any changes in your financial situation, you can let your counsellor know so the fee can be adjusted accordingly.
ReSource is a multicultural counselling centre in Central that offers confidential counselling on a range of issues in English, Cantonese, Putonghua, Russian, Hindi, Marathi and Marwadi. Like Oasis, ReSource adopts a sliding fee scale based on each client’s family income. For families earning $10,000 a month, the rate is about $350 - $450 a session, but make sure you give them a call a more detailed estimate of the fee.
Hotline: 2523 8979
OCD & Anxiety Support Hong Kong is a non-profit organisation that wants to give individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (
From depression to eating disorders, whatever it is you wish to receive medical assistance for, you can get help by visiting a public hospital or clinic to see a general doctor in your area, who will then write a referral for you and arrange a meeting with a specialist. A triage assessment then determines how urgent your case is, and thus, the waiting time for you to be referred to a psychiatry specialist outpatient clinic.
Aside from the Hospital Authority, the Social Welfare Department also provides free clinical psychology assistance. You can either call the departmental hotline for help or visit the Integrated Family Services Centre in your district to speak with a social worker. Depending on your case, the social worker may make a referral to the corresponding Clinical Psychology Unit for psychological services.
Hotline: 2343 2255
The Samaritans provide a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline service for anyone who's struggling with suicidal thoughts. For less urgent cases, the organisation also provides an email service, with a response usually within 24 hours as well as a Samaritan Befrienders programme which seeks to build long-term relationships with people who are facing difficulties or are lonely and depressed, and help them regain confidence in life.
Hotline: 2896 0000