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.'

Sunday, 15 July, 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

Oxbridge fund-raising gala lasts whole night long

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong Biennial Varsity Ball was held at the Hong Kong Country Club on Saturday. All tickets were sold out, and the event's glamorous 'red carpet' theme attracted more than 300 alumni and donors.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Facebook bid to cut HK teen suicides

A Hong Kong Samaritan group is teaming up with Facebook in an attempt to stem the growing number of teenage suicides in the city.

The international social networking site will monitor the language in messages posted by young users.

And it will alert the city's Samaritan Befrienders group if any teenagers show signs they may want to take their own lives.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Christmas hope for children and teens

When asked about what she wants for Christmas, Adrienne Shun's reply was simple - she wants to hang out with friends in a paediatric ward where she is safe from infections.

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am


We must deal with problem of juvenile suicide

There has been yet another teenage suicide in Hong Kong ('Student jumps to his death in front of 600 teachers, classmates', May 25).

I am saddened and at a loss to understand what we are doing wrong when it comes to supporting our children.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Some give and take

Students from Shung Tak Catholic English College believe Operation Santa Claus (OSC) is a great opportunity to help the needy, and at the same time boost their English skills and general knowledge.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

A new link to saving more lives

The Samaritans - a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline - received more than 28,000 calls last year. It is hoping to install a new telephone system to improve the quality of its service.

Liz Chamberlain, director of the Samaritans, said the current telephone system had been in use since 1993. But it often breaks down due to humidity, she said.

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Summertime blues

If you woke up this morning feeling down in the dumps but couldn't figure out why, you're most probably not alone. Grey skies, hot and humid weather and the prospect of worse in the months ahead - typhoons and storms - could be to blame.

24 May 2008 - 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

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

I failed favourite subject, Tsang tells students

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has encouraged Form Five graduates not to be upset by bad exam results because he failed public examinations himself.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Our vision is a world where fewer people die by suicide

I was very encouraged, and pleased, to learn that Henderson Land managing director Peter Lee Ka-kit had provided much needed funding to the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention for its project, 'Angels of Mercy' (June 2).

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Help troubled peers

Hong Kong students face a lot of pressure because of their heavy workload and never-ending exams and tests.

Without a support network, many of them have no way to express their feelings. This could lead to chronic depression.

30 Mar 2007 - 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