With the suicide rate rising alarmingly in recent years, business leaders say bosses have a responsibility to tackle the problem. Kwan Chuk-fai, a manager at NWS Holdings, which owns New World First Bus and has a workforce of 27,000, said: 'As an employer, our company is alarmed by the suicide trend in recent years. It is surely a loss to the community for people to kill themselves as some of them are young and well-educated. 'So we strongly encourage our senior staff to communicate with junior members and be sensitive to their problems at work or at home. Besides in-house counselling functions, we also work with non-governmental organisations to help employees who are mentally distressed. 'We would like to appeal to people to become optimistic about their future as Hong Kong has already shown a sign of recovery. We also hope that employers can be more considerate and care for their staff, who are their main assets.' Allen Yung Chan-lung, honorary president of the Hong Kong Chamber of Small and Medium Business, said: 'It is sad to see an upward trend of suicide cases. 'People choose to kill themselves because they no longer have confidence in their future. 'We are not surprised to see people commit suicide because of financial problems, especially among the professionals and businessmen who were once successful and may not be able to face bankruptcy.'