Studies on “pathways to care” tell us the ways people deal with mental health issues and the associated challenging life situations. With scientific approaches to analyze the direct and indirect costs of different help-seeking paths and the factors affecting decision making, health care planners may be able to comprehend a fuller picture of the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Hong Kong.
Articulated in money terms to facilitate health care planners to make salient decisions in resource allocation and systems design, the numerical value is actually an estimated measure of the immeasurable sufferings that young people and their families bear when their lives’ trajectories are unfortunately deflected by challenging health conditions.
“There is no take-two in making decisions at the critical moments in life, but everyone (including policy makers) can make a better choice next time.”
– WORK HEART team