Mainland Chinese men avoid mental health help
His name was Hao.
He'd immigrated from China in search of a better life.
Hao had a degree from a prestigious university China. But Hao ended up washing dishes in a restaurant in Richmond.
Six months after starting his first job in Canada Hao got hit by a car while crossing the street. And Hao broke his leg.
Because of his broken leg Hao couldn't work. And he spent his days eating, sleeping and playing on his computer.
After two months Hao started to slide into a nasty depression.
Dr. Hiram Mok is a psychiatrist at Vancouver General Hospital's Cross Cultural Psychiatris Clinic. Dr. Mok recently conducted a study which found that single, Mandarin speaking male immigrants from China were 50 percent less likely to seek help for mentall health problems than men from Hong Kong or Taiwan.
Dr. Mok's study indicates that those who failed to seek treatment did so as a result of : a desire to solve problems on their own; a belief that their problems would simply go away; a lack of knowledge as to how to access treament; a belief that Traditional Chinese Medicine is superior to Western Medicine; and a concern regarding the side-effects of anti-depressant medication.
But back to Hao.
Unfortunately, Hao failed to seekout treatment for a family physican and relied solely on herbal medications. And when it came time to settle his claim with ICBC he received a small fraction of the compensation that he may have otherwise been entitled to.
One can only hope that Dr. Mok's study will shine a light on this problem and that fewer men will suffer Hao's fate.
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