Suicide Methods

Li Wangyang hanging case puzzling, Australian pathology expert says

Li Wangyang

An Australian forensics professor has pointed to puzzling elements surrounding the death of dissident Li Wangyang at a hospital in Shaoyang in June.

Friday, 24 August, 2012, 3:42am

Warning on accidental poisoning of under-fives

More caution should be taken to prevent unintentional poisoning of children, the Hospital Authority says.

The Poison Information Centre, under the authority, recorded 4,420 cases of poisoning last year. Among the 981 unintentional poisoning cases, 26.6 per cent were of children under five.

7 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Poison centre's cases run to drug overdoses ... and spitting cobras

If you see a cobra in the wild with its head up in that characteristic pose, don't look it in the eye or you could get a stream of venom in your own eye. That's the warning from the case of a 50-year-old hiker, as reported to the Hospital Authority Poison Information Centre.

19 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

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Frances Law Yik-wa, project director at the Jockey Club Suicide Research and Prevention Centre at the University of Hong Kong, argues that despite the recent fall in suicide rates, the government still needs to make it a public health issue.

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Widows' pyre deaths add weight to new law

The recent death of two women on their husbands' pyres has thrown fresh impetus behind measures to crack down on the age-old practice.

Sati, the ancient Hindu custom of a widow's self-immolation, was banned by the British 175 years ago as 'impious and inhuman', but it persists in pockets of rural India.

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Death rate in poisoning cases takes big jump

The mortality rate of poisonings has more than quadrupled over the past 12 years, leading a drug safety expert to raise concerns over drug abuse and the growing number of suicides caused by charcoal burning.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Death rate in poisoning cases takes big jump

The mortality rate of poisonings has more than quadrupled over the past 12 years, leading a drug safety expert to raise concerns over drug abuse and the growing number of suicides caused by charcoal burning.

10 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

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The suicide of an A.S. Watson executive's wife in Repulse Bay this week underlined why charcoal burning is an issue Hong Kong must face up to, says Dr Paul Yip Siu-fai, director of the University of Hong Kong's Jockey Club Suicide Research and Prevention Centre.

28 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Reckless reporting that can kill

Ahomeless Hong Kong man attempts suicide because of toothache. So said recent newspaper reports. In fact, chronic pain is rarely the sole spur to suicide. The ultimate motives lie in feelings of defeat, separation, loss and hopelessness.

12 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Alarm at increase in middle-age suicides

Every week last year, 23 HK people killed themselves

The number of people killing themselves in Hong Kong rose to a record 1,200 last year, with a dramatic increase in middle-aged people taking their own lives.

2 May 2004 - 12:00am

Caught in the Net

Wanted: suicide-pact volunteers. Method: carbon monoxide poisoning. Briquette coal, a stove, sleeping pills and a room available for sealing are already arranged. Women only. Commitment scheduled for January or February.

10 May 2003 - 12:00am

Research: charcoal-burning suicides increasing

Updated at 6.30pm: Suicide by charcoal burning in Hong Kong has risen significantly in recent years, new research released on Friday showed.

Research by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong showed that charcoal-burning suicides rose from 6 to 22 per cent in the last three years.

21 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Suicides follow plunge in economy

A 3.5 per cent increase in suicides has been blamed on the downturn in the country's economy.

The bubble economy of the late 1980s and early 90s led large numbers of people to invest wildly and many companies to expand rapidly.

When the bubble burst companies went under, investments turned sour and life savings disappeared.

16 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Poisoning prevention

A labelling system is being considered for application to herbs imported from the mainland as a measure to prevent poisoning. The proposal is on the agenda when members of the Preparatory Committee on Chinese Medicine visit Beijing to discuss recent poisonings.

10 May 1996 - 12:00am

Call for action to stem suicides

A RESEARCHER who has detected an 'alarming' increase in people jumping from buildings to commit suicide, yesterday called for better security on estates.

Buildings have few features to prevent people taking their lives in what has become the most prevalent suicide method, said University of Hong Kong statistics lecturer Paul Yip Siu-fai.

12 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

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