Mental Health Information

What is Mental Health? 甚麼是心理健康

Mental health issues are a stigma in any society and none more so than in traditional Chinese society. Mental health problems know no bounds and can affect people from all walks of life; social, economic and racial backgrounds are no barrier to common afflictions such as depression due to the stresses that modern day life can bring.

The highly publicised suicides of Hong Kong superstar Actor / Singer Leslie Cheung and highly successful Asian American Writer, Iris Chang, have brought mental health issues to the forefront of many Chinese people's thoughts. If you are currently suffering from any mental health issues, remember, you are not alone.

甚麼是心理健康

「心理健康」議題似乎在任何社會中都是一個禁忌的話題,在傳統的華人社會更是如此。

有關心理健康方面的問題,並非只發生在少數人身上,它會影響到各行各業的人。憂鬱與現代社會中常見的壓力問題等等,不會因為社經背景或種族的差異而有不同。

香港知名影星與歌手張國榮以及成功的美國華人作家 Iris Chang 的自殺事件,使得許多中國人開始意識到心理健康議題的重要性。如果你現在正遭受心理健康問題之苦,記住,你並不是孤單的一個人。

Examples of Mental Health Issues

The most common issues that can cause mental health problems of varying degrees amongst Chinese people and new migrants within the United Kingdom include the following:

  • Racism and prejudice
  • Dispersed settlement and isolation
  • Long and unlegislated working hours
  • Lack of English language skills
  • Unfair stereotypes
  • Inter-generational issues

Some other defining factors which include unmet cultural expectations, language barriers; lack of community support, isolation and the stressful and demanding nature of the catering trade all contribute to mental distress. These illnesses can manifest themselves as depression, self inflicted wounds, etc. Some less well informed Chinese would attribute these problems as a 'Western' disease but these afflictions know no boundaries and affect people of all races and social - economic backgrounds.

精神健康問題的案例

在英國,比較常見的影響華人朋友們精神健康問題的原因包括:

  • 受到種族歧視和偏見
  • 分散的居所和被孤立
  • 長時間和不合法的工作
  • 缺乏對英語語言的掌握
  • 不公平的成見
  • 不同輩份間的代溝問題

還有一些其他的因素導致精神上的痛苦,例如未能融入異地文化、語言障碍、缺少社區的支援而感到被孤立、和需被照顧的天性等。這些痛苦或會以抑郁、自我傷害等形式表現出來。少部分的華人朋友會把這些問題看作是一種"西方"的疾病,但是其實任何種族和社會階層的人都會被這些問題影響。