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 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

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.