Teenage Suicide in the United States

Economic and social woes may spur suicides

Hong Kong's suicide rate is in danger of rising this year, after years of decline, because of the pressure-cooker effect of a slowing economy and social inequality, the head of the city's leading suicide prevention body warns.

Sunday, 29 January, 2012, 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

Teen suicides: latest survey

ABOUT three out of 10 Hong Kong teenagers have contemplated suicide, a recent survey has revealed.

The Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) interviewed 715 teenagers aged 15 to 19 and found that 28 per cent of them had, at some point, thought of killing themselves.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Teen suicide a problem whole society must face

The tragic death of a 15-year-old schoolgirl who committed suicide on Tuesday has again set alarm bells ringing over the pressures faced by our young people.

14 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

So much more can be done to avert tragedy

There have been many cases of teenage suicides in the last few months in Hong Kong.

The decision by three teenagers to take their own lives on Cheung Chau, on March 17, was particularly shocking. It must prompt us to ask this question: What is going on with our younger generation?

27 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Never the answer

The decision by three teenagers to take their own lives on Cheung Chau yesterday was both tragic and shocking.

18 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

20pc know friends who tried suicide

Almost one in five people in Hong Kong have friends who have tried to commit suicide, according to a new survey.

The September poll, carried out by the Scout Association, surveyed 940 people aged over 16.

The results showed that almost 30 per cent of respondents had friends who had thought about committing suicide, and 17 per cent knew peers who had tried to do so.

26 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Father's agony at girl's suicide

THE grieving father of a 10-year-old girl who threw herself to her death is bewildered over why his daughter took her life.

Chan Mei-yan - described by her father as 'cheerful and vivacious' - walked to the 28th floor of the Yuen Long building where she lived on Wednesday and jumped to her death.

19 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Youth suicide raises concern

There has been an increase in the number of teenage suicides. More and more youths are resorting to suicide because they cannot solve their problems.

Most youths kill themselves because of pressure from their studies or family problems. Recently, a Form Two girl committed suicide because she did not want her parents to divorce.

7 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Youth Suicide

Calls from suicidal youngsters to the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups have more than doubled this year, it was revealed yesterday.

The counselling group predicted more young people would need help next week after release of the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination results.

7 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Crisis service should get government funds

I refer to the letter by Carlos Leung, of the Social Welfare Department (South China Morning Post, June 22), regarding the collective efforts of the working group looking at the problem of teenage suicide.

16 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Youth suicide priority for working group

I refer to Dr John Tse Wing-ling's letter 'Government doing little to stop young suicides' (South China Morning Post, June 8).

22 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Government doing little to stop young suicides

I refer to 'Suicidal students shock to teachers' (South China Morning Post, April 20).

The reported research indicated that out of 3,000 students, aged between 10 and 18, 35.8 per cent 'had considered killing themselves', 11 per cent 'had planned in detail how to go about it' and 7.5 per cent 'had attempted suicide'.

8 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Suicide fear for jobless youth

YOUTH suicides could rise as more school dropouts find it impossible to get work because of the ailing economy, a senior social worker has warned.

Director of Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, Mary Leung Tien-wei, said a combination of factors, including unemployment, drug abuse and family problems could push youth suicide rates up.

28 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Help to prevent suicide deaths

By the time your readers read the letters page again tomorrow, another two people in Hong Kong will have taken their lives.

Every death brings pain, grief and heartache.

The effects of a suicide death are far-reaching and can be devastating.

17 Jan 1998 - 12:00am