More than 700 seek counselling

More than 720 people upset by the Manila hostage tragedy had poured their emotional problems out to a helpline jointly set up by the Hong Kong Red Cross and the Hong Kong Psychological Society by last night.

Sunday, 29 August, 2010, 12:00am

Film studies: Suicide cinema

Even the most seasoned cinema-goer would probably be taken aback by the on-screen message that precedes Seven Pounds. Rather than the usual clips denouncing piracy or instructing audiences to switch off their cellphones, the projection solemnly proclaims 'we do not condone any self-destructive behaviour', and human beings should learn to cherish the preciousness of life.

5 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

You're a lifesaver

The Samaritans director in Hong Kong, Liz Chamberlain, may have picked up the practice from movement founder Chad Varah, who died earlier this month. She often greets visitors with an offer of tea and sandwiches, just as the volunteers in Varah's church used to give refreshments to distressed people waiting to consult the Anglican priest in England during the 1950s.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Someone to talk to at the edge of darkness

New York

We all know we should strive for the heights if we want a better future. But sometimes those who don't want a future at all climb to the highest point and jump into eternal darkness.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Helplines all ready to guide or console

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.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Not sure what to do? Just call . . .

Uncertain about your next step? The following organisations have guidance professionals on hand to answer your questions:

Hok Yau Club has a student advice helpline on 2503 3399. The phones will be manned 24-hours until 10pm on Friday, and daytime until August 15. Students can also obtain information about Form Six vacancies via SMS by texting 6450 5505.

9 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Suicide hotline for elderly kept busy

Up to 50 senior citizens call counsellors every day

The mainland's first 24-hour hotline dedicated to counselling suicidal senior citizens has been receiving up to 50 calls a day since opening in Beijing last month.

6 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Give & Take

A twice-monthly column on volunteerism

The Samaritans is a non-religious charity that runs Hong Kong's only multilingual suicide prevention hotline service, offering emotional support to anyone who is going through a crisis.

The hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

6 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Party's criticism of Samaritans paints unfair picture

I read, with great concern, the comments on suicide prevention hotlines, made by Chan Kam-lam of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong ('Suicide hotlines flawed, DAB claims', South China Morning Post, August 5).

9 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Phone hotline offers words of comfort

Caritas organised a telephone counselling hotline to help Primary Six pupils and their parents get help over the allocation of Form One places.

It recruits volunteers in early June and I volunteer to help out every year.

3 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Medical helpline

A toll-free phone service providing information about access to medical services will operate during the three-day Christmas holiday from Saturday to Monday. The number is 90000 222 322.

23 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Women's hotline popular

About 400 women have telephoned a free legal counselling hotline in the past seven months, with most complaining about marital problems.

The hotline, set up by the Hong Kong Federation of Women in November, provides free legal advice to women with family problems or difficulties with properties and inheritance.

31 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Callers' tears, desperation

At least five depressed parents and 15 students, one suicidal, sought counselling services from Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong yesterday while thousands more jammed the hotlines of volunteer groups.

There were seven hotlines provided for students and parents for counselling and information on school places and five Internet counselling lines.

11 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Youths bullied into violence, says hotline

MANY callers to the Youthline telephone counselling service say they are being threatened or bullied by classmates - and many go along with violent acts to retain friendships.

'They responded, under the encouragement of their friends, by taking violent action as well without regard to the consequences,' said hotline supervisor Anita Lam Siu-fung.

31 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Job fears spark suicide calls to helpline

A helpline for young people has for the first time had to counsel callers considering suicide because of unemployment.

Between July and September, the Youth Line received 58 calls from young people who could not find jobs. Of those, two men and one woman said they were contemplating suicide.

The hotline is operated by the Hong Kong Federation for Youth Groups.

4 Nov 1998 - 12:00am