Boards and Committees

Advisory Committee on Mental Health

Terms of Reference

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  1. To advise the Government on mental health policies, including the establishment of more integral and comprehensive approaches to tackle multi-faceted mental health issues in Hong Kong;
  2. To assist the Government in developing policies, strategies and measures to enhance mental health services in Hong Kong;
  3. To follow up on and monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the 2017 Mental Health Review Report (“the Review Report”);
  4. Building on the foundation of the Review Report, to assist the Government to further enhance the work in the following areas:
    1. Promotion and Education – to raise awareness, reduce stigmatization and step up prevention and early identification of mental health problems;
    2. Capacity Building – to increase supply of services, and to strengthen professional training, patient empowerment and support for family and carers;
    3. Support to Children and Adolescents – to strengthen mental health services support to children and adolescents, from prevention, awareness to early identification, school and parental empowerment, timely interventions and treatments, through to rehabilitation;
    4. Mental Health Services for Adults – to enhance services for adult patients with common mental disorders and severe mental illnesses, including treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration into the community;
    5. Support for the Elderly with Dementia – to facilitate diagnosis and management of dementia, develop a dementia-friendly neighbourhood with more support services, and enhance medical-social collaboration;
    6. Research and Studies – to commission studies (i) on the state of mental health of the population in Hong Kong and the local prevalence of mental health problems with a view to facilitating service planning and (ii) on effective overseas experiences and models; and
    7. Other related work – to identify, study, advise, and strengthen such other matters which would be conducive to improving mental health services in Hong Kong.
12 Apr 2019