Compulsory Mental Health Treatment in Hong Kong: Which Way Forward?

East Asian Arch Psychiatry. 2019 Jun;29(2):63-65.


On 25 to 26 August 2017, the 'Compulsory Mental Health Treatment in Hong Kong: Which Way Forward?' conference was held in Hong Kong. Academics and practitioners from the United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, and Hong Kong came together to discuss such important topics as the philosophical justifications for compulsory treatment, constitutional and human rights, and how compulsory powers are and should be used in practice. Speakers and conference participants then engaged in roundtable discussions on various issues that arose, in particular how reform of the law regulating compulsory mental health treatment in Hong Kong should proceed.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Human rights; Involuntary treatment, psychiatric; Mental health.

MeSH terms

  • Congresses as Topic
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Involuntary Treatment, Psychiatric* / ethics
  • Involuntary Treatment, Psychiatric* / methods
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health / ethics
  • Mental Health / standards