This platform seeks to provide useful resources for mental health professionals and other frontline workers on understanding and supporting mental health of the ethnic minorities.
Mental Health of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong Findings Report by The Zubin Foundation
The Ethnic Minority Well-being Centre accepted 213 ethnic minority individuals between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022, offering them with free counselling service. The findings report highlighted the common issues that trigger the mental health concerns of these individuals and the learnings from The Zubin Foundation.
Infographics and Full Report
Infographic - English Version
Infographic - Chinese Version
Full Report - English Version
Full Report - Chinese Version
Report on The Effectiveness of Counselling on Mood Symptoms of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong By The University of Hong Kong
Findings summary by The Department of Psychiatry of The University of Hong Kong on a randomised controlled trial study measuring the effectiveness of counselling on mood symptoms of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong.
Findings Summary - English
Case Study Series – Supporting Mental Health of Ethnic Minorities
A series of case studies with examples of common issues faced by clients in Ethnic Minority Well-being Centre. These case studies were developed by The Zubin Foundation counsellors based on their first-hand experience and they provide practical tips for professionals on how to support individuals in those situations.
1. Stress of Managing Big Family
Sameera is married with 6 children. She feels exhausted taking care of her kids by herself as her husband is not supportive. She feels sad, alone and helpless. She has had sleepless nights and lost weight. She visits the General Out-Patient Clinic (GOPC) at the public hospital every other week to get help with her headache but does not feel any better.
2. Family Conflicts and Forced Marriage
Sara is a 20 year old Pakistani girl, born and raised in Hong Kong. Her father informed her that she has to leave university to move to Pakistan and marry her cousin. Sara is not happy by this decision as she wants to continue her studies and her husband does not speak much English. She feels low, cannot sleep, has a loss of appetite and significant weight loss. She cuts her writs and is feels no one can help her. Sara has been referred to a clinical psychologist.
3. Marital Conflict and Domestic Violence
Sarika is from India and lives with her husband and 2 sons. Her relationship with her husband is strained after his extramarital affair. He is also short-tempered and has physically attacked her. Her in-laws don't speak to her as Sarika and her husband had a 'love marriage'. She often has crying spells and feels trapped. She has sleepless nights, weight loss and panic attacks. Sarika was referred to a
4. Traditional Parents versus Contemporary Children
Samaira has 3 children and her husband has been deported to Pakistan due to visa issues. She is single handedly bringing up her children and is a working mother. Samaira feels her 13 year old daughter is extremely defiant in her dressing style and not taking household responsibilities. Samaira feels stressed, feels that life is meaningless and wishes to give up on life. She feels helpless that she can't meet everyone's demands.
5. Trauma Abuse and Mental health
Aima is a 20 year old Bangladeshi girl born and raised in Hong Hong. Her mother has been abused by her father for the last 14 years. Aima would often be punished by her mother for her father's atrocities. She feels angry, frustrated and helpless. He feels her mother uses her as a punching bag and her parents abusive. She is not able to focus on her studies and has self-harmeed by cutting herself. She has been assigened a Social Worker who takes her to a clinical psychologist.
6. Supporting Low Literacy Clients
Aafseen is a 45 year old Pakistani woman with 4 children. She moved to Hong Kong 20 years ago with her husband. Her husband is a dominating person and she experienced domestic violence. He husband got stuck in Pakistan due to travel restrictions during COVID and she had to manage everything by herself. She is a very anxious person and was stressed and overwhelmed by all the responsibilities including her household and children.