Spike in number of students with mental health problems
Some feared that the actual number of young people with mental health issues could be much higher, while others said the rising trend might also reflect increased awareness and a greater willingness among young people to seek help.
Official figures provided to the legislature by the Education Bureau showed a 140% increase in the number of primary- to tertiary-level students with mental health issues over four school years. They included anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychotic, bipolar and oppositional defiant disorders, Tourette’s syndrome and eating problems. Mental illness registered the highest increase among all types of special education needs in Hong Kong.
Full report on the South China Morning Post site