Date
26 September 2017
Managers fear hiring people with mental health issues will affect their business, especially those in the service industry, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ
Managers fear hiring people with mental health issues will affect their business, especially those in the service industry, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ

One in four HK workers suffering from depression

Nearly one in four Hong Kong workers suffers from a form of depression or similar symptoms, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

More than three in 10 said they have lost interest in their daily life and a slightly lower number said they often feel worried, am730 reported Thursday.

The survey, which polled 1,031 workers aged 18 and above, was conducted by the university’s social sciences research center for Joyful Mental Health Foundation. 

More than one-third of the respondents blamed work as the main cause of mental pressure.

About 20,000 Hong Kong employees work at least 15 hours a day, official figures show.

Samson Tse, HKU associate dean of social sciences, said working environment, job security and promotion opportunities are putting pressure on workers.

He said the Hong Kong ratios are higher than those in other countries and called for more attention to the problem.

Supervisors should increase their awareness of their subordinates’ mental health and consider it when approving leave applications, he said.

The survey also found that 62.9 percent of managers think hiring people with mental health issues would affect their business, especially those in the service industry.

Tse said the sooner workers with mental health issues adapt to their environment, the better.

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