Counselling can be expensive in cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong, but you should never put your mental health on the back burner. We’ve compiled a list of reasonably priced and free resources for those who need a little help, to get help.
Integrated Family Services Centers
With 65 locations and a range of services, an IFSC is the best option for free counselling in Hong Kong. The Social Welfare Department pays for the services, which include preventative, supportive, and remedial family services. The Social Welfare Department also has a 24 hour crisis line at 18 288. Learn more here.
St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Services
Although it is a Catholic organization, St. John’s offers counselling to anyone and everyone. They utilize a sliding payment scale based on monthly income, frequency, and type of counselling. St. John’s also offers a discount when purchasing five or more sessions in advance. Find out more here.
ReSource: The Counselling Centre LTD
Located in Central Hong Kong, ReSource has something for everyone. They offer counselling and support for individuals, couples, and families in seven languages (English, Cantonese, Putonghua, Russian, Hindi, Marathi, and Marwadi). They also offer a sliding scale to help patients with lower monthly incomes afford sessions. Check out their website to learn more here.
The Samaritans Hong Kong
If you find yourself struggling and you need someone to talk to, The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call the hotline at 2896 0000 for immediate help, or find out more about The Samaritans here.
Family Life Society Catholic Churches
Similar to St. Johns, Family Life Society offers counselling services to people from all walks of life, despite their Catholic background. Para-counselling is free, and appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm at 10 locations. Find more information here.
Individuals, couples, and families, can all find a cost-friendly service at Shan You. Counselling and psychotherapy cost S$40 a session and individuals get 50-60 minutes while couples and families receive 60-75 minutes. Find out more about Shan You here.
At their counselling centre, couples, families, children, toddlers, and adults can all receive the support and guidance they need. The initial session at WINGS costs S$80, but follow-ups cost S$60, and partial and full waivers are available for those who need financial assistance. Find out more about WINGS here.
Samaritans of Singapore
If you find yourself needing immediate help, The Samaritans can be reached 24/7, 365 days a year. For confidential and free support, call them at +65 1800 221 4444 or find out more here.