The suicides of two young professionals, apparently due to work pressures, have prompted calls for stress management help in schools and universities. Hong Kong's hectic pace and overwork were not solely to blame for the deaths, leading psychiatrist Professor Wong Chung-kwong said. But lessons in interpersonal relations should be introduced in primary and secondary schools, and stress management should be outlined to older students to equip them for emotional and work pressures as adults, he said. Last Wednesday, houseman Yuen Wing-sing, 26, jumped to his death from a ninth-floor block nine days after starting work as a trainee doctor at Princess Margaret Hospital. He left notes complaining of work pressures. Next day, senior government official Daniel Chan Ka-lok, 31, hanged himself in his flat in Tai Hang. A colleague suggested the workload on administrative officers could be to blame. Professor Wong, who is in private practice, said he did not foresee work pressures leading to an increase in suicides among high achievers. But he said the importance of stress management was not emphasised enough in training. 'People talk about how life in Hong Kong is stressful, but the important thing is resilience and it can be built up,' he said. 'We should not just emphasise knowledge in training. It's equally important to train in stress management and interpersonal relations. 'Children need to be taught to appreciate their own emotions. As they grow a bit older, we can give them more proper stress management courses.' Psychiatry Professor Chen Char-nie from the Chinese University of Hong Kong said: 'Stress itself is not a bad thing. It's the capacity to tolerate stress that's important. 'I'm not sure cutting down the workload would actually help that much.' He claimed the stigma of mental illness could prevent people at risk of committing suicide seeking help. 'There is an attitude, especially in Hong Kong, that if you're depressed and go and see a psychiatrist, you must be mad,' he said. 'It's important employers should be more open-minded and encourage staff to get help.' Professor Wong said professionals were the occupational group most likely to kill themselves on the first attempt. They were least likely to leave an explanation. Warning signs included changes in personal habits and social interaction, and a deterioration in performance.