Have Your Say

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2006, 12:00am


I am writing in response to the article 'Mind games'

(South China Morning Post, February 6).

I was shocked to learn that about 400,000 Hongkongers had major depressive symptoms.

Depression can cause 'errors in our thinking', according to the article.

A depressed person focuses only on negative events and disregards positive ones.

The article says nowadays cognitive therapy and medication are the most popular ways of treating depression.

I am happy that those treatments are effective, but I think support from family and friends is also very important. This will help the patients develop a positive attitude towards life and recover more quickly.

I want to urge those who are suffering from depression to seek help as soon as possible because any delay in treatment could worsen the situation.

Wan Chi-fung

The Chinese Foundation Secondary School


Many students are afraid of tests or exams. I am not, because I want to 'play the game and win'.

When I was in Primary One, my father told me to treat an exam as if it was a game.

So I work hard because I don't want to lose. Even if I lost, it would not be the end of the world. There will always be a second chance.

I know lots of students are nervous before an exam. But they won't do well if they are worried.

Once you begin to come to grips with exams, you will find the 'games' to be quite interesting.

Lai Chun-man

STFA Tam Pak Yu College


I took part in a charity flag sale outside a KCR station earlier this month.

I went to school early that morning and then went with my friends to the West Rail station, which was packed with people.

I was happy that we sold a lot of flags because the money will be used to help the poor.

Flag-selling is a good voluntary activity which has helped me learn more about Hong Kong society.

A small number of people refused to buy a flag. They said they didn't have change or that they were in a hurry.

This is a bad attitude because everyone should chip in to help the needy.

I hope Hong Kong people can do more charity work and help others.

Cheung Ching-yi

STFA Tam Pak Yu College


The bus crash in Egypt which killed 14 Hong Kong tourists made me very sad. The careless driver has caused misery among many Hong Kong families who were enjoying their Lunar New Year holidays.

The case of Chan Hiu-ching, 14, is especially sad. Her parents and her brother were killed in the accident.

This tragedy has reminded me that I am so lucky to have a happy family.

We need to show our love and concern to everyone around us, especially our family members.

Lum Man-shun

Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College


I am a Form Three student and a big fan of Japanese animation.

I watch cartoons on TV every day. They help me relax after a tough day at school.

Also, the drawings are beautiful and have inspired me.

Japanese animation has become an important part of my life.


STFA Tam Pak Yu College


Some teenagers are reluctant to praise their friends although they deserve it.

Praise can be used to encourage each other at school or at work.

It also helps to improve relationships and repair strained ties.

People should have the courage to express their opinions about someone else's efforts without being embarrassed.

It would be nice to praise your teachers or parents if you are happy with what they are doing.

Sam Chong

C&MA Sun Kei Secondary School


People should brush their teeth twice a day. Otherwise, bacteria can easily gather and cause tooth decay.

The infection may even affect the gums and could lead to complications.

This will be very distressing, especially for students. They wouldn't want to have tooth extractions at such a young age.

It is also important to pick the right toothbrush - one with thin filaments so that they can reach into the gaps between our teeth.

Rainbow Yeung Ming-yim

Our Lady of the Rosary College