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The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong

Insight: Hong Kong's hidden suicide survivors

Illustration: Corbis

Do suicides increase during the holidays? In spite of the popular belief in the holiday "blues", statistics show that suicide numbers actually fall during the Christmas period. Perhaps the celebrations and the rituals keep people from slipping deeper into depression. But suicide rates often go up after a holiday.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 5:44pm

By their own hands

When Alastair Sharp was a student, a close friend killed himself by overdosing. 'It was a great shock to all of us,' says Sharp, deputy director of Samaritans Hong Kong, the suicide prevention organisation. 'None of us knew anything was wrong.'

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Suicide rate in the city lowest in a decade

The suicide rate in Hong Kong dropped to its lowest level in a decade last year, with 833 deaths - down 19 per cent year on year - according to figures from the Coroner's Court.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

International accolade for research team

The director of the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention is the first Asian winner of a prestigious international award for work to prevent deaths.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK suicide-prevention specialists monitor influence of web

Social media can spread trends far and fast but also popularise messages that encourage unhealthy emotions and dangerous behaviour among Net users. People have in the past used the internet to vent their grief or desperation before taking their own lives.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Stopping suicide among young people

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government would keep looking for ways to prevent youth suicide.

According to Cheung, suicides among people between the age of 15 and 24 climbed from 52 in 2008 to 74 in 2009.

Cheung also said that a poor family relationship was the biggest reason teenagers committed suicide.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Samaritans do best they can to prevent tragedy

I refer to the report concerning the hearing-impaired lady who jumped to her death last Saturday ('Dad to set up fund in memory of daughter', March 4).

The article stated that Lee Ching had sought help from the Samaritan Befrienders two months previously when she had suicidal thoughts.

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Hok Yau Club


Suicide Prevention Services


The Samaritan Befrienders, Hong Kong


The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Too much pressure

When an 11-year-old boy plunged to his death earlier this month, student suicide hit the headlines.

The boy, an only child, had been scolded by his mother for not handing in his homework on time. He left his mother a suicide note and took his own life.

He was an outstanding student who got along well with his classmates, according to his teachers.

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

HK suicide rate drops to global average

Findings for city deviate from rising trend in the region

Hong Kong's previously surging suicide rate appears to have been brought under control. It has declined for a second consecutive year since a historic peak in 2003, statistics to be released today show.

10 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Work pressure, shifts put force in high-risk group, expert says

People with backgrounds like Stephen Fung Kin-man, the former top anti-organised crime officer who killed himself yesterday, are at a high risk of suicide, according to the director of the Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Should Dragon Garden be preserved?

'Family split on fate of Dragon Garden' (July 5) presents an incomprehensible situation. Filial piety is a cornerstone of Chinese society. Lee Iu-cheung was a man of charity and distinction, and spent 20 years cultivating this magnificent garden as a legacy and a site for his mausoleum.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


Q Should mobile phones and PDAs be banned from examinations?

It seems an annual ritual around this time that the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority is embroiled in blame and criticism as the two public exams are held. Yet the cheating scandal this time cannot be more obvious - the finger has been pointed in the wrong direction.

9 May 2006 - 12:00am

Tai Hang Youth Centre

Where: 2/F, 121 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Suicide rate of elderly up by a third

Social researchers say the issue is largely forgotten amid media coverage of young people taking their own lives

They are suicide's forgotten victims - the old, frail and infirm - who believe life has nothing more to offer, and their numbers continue to grow.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am