缺乏理解和精神卫生服务的信息-Lack of Understanding and Information about Mental Health Services
Even if some Chinese elders are not stigmatised and have the motivation to be supported by professionals, they do not know who they can turn to for help. Li et al. (1999) found that there were a number of the Chinese respondents (including older people) who were not aware of the full range of mental health services (The percentages of people who did not know the range of statutory mental health services and non-statutory services are 38% and 46.8% respectively). In Voice of Chinese Elders (Wah Kin Report 2011), some of Chinese elders also expressed that they did not believe that a GP could help with mental health problems.
Lack of information about existing mental health services is also an important factor found in previous studies (see for example, Li et al. 1999, Tran 2006). One explanation can be the lack of advertising of mental health services to main stream society in some areas already. A more important reason is that there are few leaflets or other materials in Chinese available so that they can understand (Li and Logan 1999, Tran et al. 2008). It is difficult and unrealistic for me to research the availability of all types of mental health resources all over the UK. However, an understanding of online available information is achievable. I searched on the internet by Google search engine using the term 'Chinese mental health services UK' occasionally during September 2012 - April 2013. Most results were about current health services for general public and there were few services for Chinese. Two associations who have websites as online promotion have specified some mental wellbeing services for Chinese people (including Chinese elders) in the UK. One is 'Chinese Mental Health Association' (åŽå¿ƒä¼š) and the other is