Suicide Prevention

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

Briefs, November 18, 2012

Passenger dies after collapsing on bus

A 66-year-old man collapsed on the lower deck of an 8P KMB bus heading to the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui early yesterday morning. He had head injuries and was rushed unconscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was certified dead.


HK$20,000 in 'cocaine and ketamine' seized

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Education can tackle nursing suicides

The purpose of education is to acquire knowledge and skills, and most importantly, to develop a noble character with intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence, a positive attitude towards life, and a harmonious relationship with the environment. Such a life education is particularly important for nursing.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:20am

Suicide prevention starts with stronger community bonds

Suicide prevention starts with stronger community bonds

Suicide is still a sensitive topic in Asian countries. Since 1997, Hong Kong has experienced one of the most drastic changes in suicide rates. From a rate of 12.5 per 100,000 in 1997, it hit a historical high of 18.6 in 2003, an almost 50 per cent increase in a seven-year period.

1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Working Hongkongers no less vulnerable to suicide risks

The World Health Organisation estimates that there are about one million suicide deaths every year, which represents a "global" mortality rate of 16 per 100,000 people - or one death every 40 seconds. For every death by suicide, 20 or more people attempt to end their lives.

11 Sep 2012 - 7:17am

Talking points

Mike Tyson

First day jitters for some undergraduates

10 Sep 2012 - 2:04am

A listening ear can be a gift for all seasons

December is usually a month when we get extraordinarily busy, and so is February. This year, with the Lunar New Year falling at the end of January, there will be two months that keep us on the go - not because of gift shopping, but because we are giving emotional support to people who need a listening ear.

7 Dec 2011 - 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

Lack of professional help is costing lives

A lack of psychological counselling is to blame for the mainland's high suicide rate, with less than 10 per cent of depressed people receiving help, a Shanghai psychologist says.

11 Sep 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

Help on way for youngsters at risk

Victims of child abuse nowadays do not always have scars on their bodies, but damage to their mental health can be just as serious.

27 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Youth suicides on the increase, report finds

The number of youth suicides reported last year rose by more than 20 per cent compared with figures recorded in the previous year, according to the 2008 Coroner's Report.

A total of 157 people aged below 30 committed suicide last year, compared to 129 in 2007 - an increase of 22 per cent.

29 Dec 2009 - 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

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