The World Mental Health Month, held in October each year, gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health.
This year, PathFinders supported the Green Ribbon Campaign organised by the OCD & Anxiety Support Hong Kong (OCDAHK). Green is the colour of mental health and represents balance, strength, and hope. Wearing green reassures sufferers that they are not alone and breaks down stigma associated with mental illness.
Lisa Ringner-Näckter, Access to Healthcare Programme Manager of PathFinders, said, “Due to all the struggles that our clients are facing, their mental health is often compromised. We’d like help them by early intervention and follow up arrangements with external professionals if needed. When we spot a client is at risk of depression, we offer to take her to Maternal and Child Health Centre for follow ups.”
“To help those with no access to public healthcare, we collaborate with Central Health Medical Practice and receive valuable guidance from Mind HK. The Follow ups are crucial not only for the mother, but also for her to be able to look after her newborn child,” she said.