Helplines all ready to guide or console

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2007, 12:00am

Counselling helplines across the city are ramping up their services in anticipation of this morning's release of A-level results.


Many are extending their operating hours to console, guide and advise the thousands of students who are this morning realising they need to rethink their plans.


A new helpline manned by undergraduates from the University of Hong Kong is focusing particularly on giving academic advice, assuring students they still have a wide range of educational avenues, regardless of how they fared in their A-levels.


'Some students are very disappointed, but after we talk with them they know more about their choices,' said Ip Yui-Wai, who runs non-profit youth group Hok Yau Club's helpline for A-level students. 'They realise that there's not only Jupas - Joint University Programmes Admissions System - there are other options too.'


Students can call the club's helpline on 2503 3399 from 10am until 10pm. Students more comfortable communicating with a keyboard can receive similar advice through MSN Messenger and chat rooms from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups at www.u21.hk/27771112 from 3pm to 11pm today and tomorrow, and from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday.


The group also offers counselling over the phone on 2777 1112 between 10am and 2am.


A HKU student group will have students on hand to offer advice on 2241 5886 from 10am to 7pm until Monday. The group also has a message board to field questions at www.hku.hk/khuslo/msgboard.


Though not specifically focused on A-levels students, many helplines offer 24 hour counselling services for anyone in need of a friendly ear.


Such services are available from Youth Outreach on 9088 1023 or the Samaritan Befrienders on 2389 2222.