Equal Opportunities Commission chairman urges public to view mental illness and violence separately following recent Plaza Hollywood murder

Ricky Chu Man-kin

10th June 2023 – (Hong Kong) The recent horrific murder at Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill, allegedly committed by a suspect with a history of mental illness, has sparked widespread concern in the community. In response, the Hong Kong government has requested that the Mental Health Council hold a meeting to discuss local mental health issues and provide recommendations.

Mr. Ricky Chu Man-kin, the Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), responded to media inquiries this morning (10th), stating that the incident has raised public awareness of mental illness. However, he emphasized that there is no necessary connection between mental illness and violence. Labelling individuals with mental illness as violent can actually do more harm than good, as it can cause patients to experience greater stress and pressure.

Mr. Chu suggested that society should provide more support for individuals with mental illness, particularly for those who may be reluctant to seek help due to concerns over stigmatisation. Family members should be encouraged to show more care and support to individuals in need to help them overcome their mental health issues.