Access to online mental health support can help those in need, University of Hong Kong program finds

Online consultations with psychiatrists can significantly help those with mental health issues as they are more accessible to patients, a University of Hong Kong pilot program has found.

A secondary teacher holding an online zoom lesson in an empty classroom. File photo: May James / HKFP.

During a press briefing on Monday, HKU’s Department of Psychiatry revealed that it had reached over 1,600 people through a program providing online psychiatry sessions and follow-up services since November 2020.

Of those, 58 per cent were considered to be at “significant risk of mental disorder,” and most participants had never seen a psychiatrist before.

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