The Psychological Services Group (PSG) and Kowloon West Region (KW) jointly ran a seminar on Decoding Mental Health on May 21 with the aim of raising colleagues' awareness and acceptance of mental health issues. Mr Luke Tsang, a renowned media professional, was invited to share his personal struggles with depression.
Mr Tsang recalled that his talent and performance were well recognised by his supervisors. Thus his burden and stress continued to increase. Eventually, he suffered from a mood disorder that almost drove him to the edge of ending his life. He described his situation as "the last straw that broke the camel's back".
Mr Tsang opined that depression and other mood disorders are indeed very common. One should seek treatment without delay, similar to the way we treat physical illness. To those suffering from mental health problems, having someone understand them and being with them are far more meaningful than simply saying "stay positive" or "you are actually very blessed".
Mr Tsang stressed that it is essential to prevent mood disorders. He suggested that the audience should reduce stress timely and not to "put the whole world on their shoulders". He also highlighted the importance of developing strong supportive relationships or keeping a pet as a company. Lastly, Mr Tsang called on retiring officers to be psychologically prepared for this big change in life.