The increasing number of suicides is very disturbing; most could be prevented by raising awareness of the importance of lives, and curing bad habits. Suicides are mainly caused by stress, failure or some kind of shock. Hong Kong children are spoiled by parents who do everything for them, which actually causes harm. When their parents are not there, they're sad and can't care for themselves. A friend of mine who lived in the mainland committed suicide after his family migrated to the US because he felt alone and had no one to turn to. He could not adapt and gave up his own life. We must learn to be independent. We must all sooner or later take our places in society and live or work alone. Antony Wong Chung-hong is a student at Law Ting Pong Secondary School.