Aetna tackles mental health in Hong Kong

Company brief

Aetna International has announced a new partnership with Hong Kong-based mental health charity Mind HK to mark the launch of its new Hong Kong health insurance company.

Aetna has said that the partnership will help to promote awareness of mental health issues among Hong Kong residents. The two companies have immediately got to work, conducting a study into the current perceptions around sufferers of mental health in Hong Kong. The University of Hong Kong, King’s College London and Time for Change UK, a London-based non-profit, will also participate in the study.

“If you look at the figures, one in six people in Hong Kong at any one time have a diagnosable mental health problem. And the problem is likely a lot bigger than that, as it’s still very much taboo to discuss mental health and emotional issues here,” said Dr Hannah Reidy, CEO of Mind HK.

Using the data they gathered, Aetna and Mind HK hope to work towards introducing best practices from countries like the UK and Australia that have been trying to tackle mental health issues for more time.

“As we work to raise awareness for mental health issues, we’re also equally focused on developing solutions for people who need help,” says Kevin Jones, Chief Executive of Aetna Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited. “We’re looking into ways to drive early intervention – things like enhancing primary care offerings and using technology to make access to help more widely and easily available.”

Aetna’s Hong Kong-based insurance company, Aetna Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited, began operation on 16 July.