3rd June 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Advisory Committee on Mental Health (Advisory Committee) has expressed its deep concerns and extended its condolences to the families of the two deceased individuals following the tragic incident that occurred at Plaza Hollywood Diamond Hill on 2nd June. The Committee urges the public to refrain from circulating any video clips or pictures related to the incident and to prioritise their own mental well-being as well as that of those around them. The public is encouraged to seek assistance from professionals when in need, and information on mental health support is available at the Advisory Committee‘s website, “Shall We Talk” (shallwetalk.hk).
The Social Welfare Department has set up a mobile service counter at Exit C2 of the Diamond Hill MTR Station to provide support to those who have been affected by the incident. Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority’s mental health hotline is available to provide emotional support to citizens in need. The hotline operates 24 hours a day and is staffed by medical professionals who are ready to provide assistance to those who require it. The hotline number is 2466 7350.
The Advisory Committee believes that this tragedy is an isolated incident and appeals to the public not to be unnecessarily fearful of individuals with mental health needs. It is crucial that the public continues to support and encourage those with mental health issues to seek help. Stigmatizing or discriminating against individuals with mental health problems only further exacerbates their conditions and prevents them from seeking the help they need.
The Advisory Committee also emphasises the importance of early intervention and treatment for mental health issues. Mental health issues are treatable, and people with mental health needs can lead fulfilling lives with proper treatment and support. The Advisory Committee calls on the government and the public to provide more resources and support for mental health services, including early intervention programs, to help prevent tragedies like the one in Diamond Hill from occurring in the future.