Hong Kong children are ending their lives due to broken hearts and the pressure of schoolwork, a pilot project on child deaths found. A panel of experts looked at 107 out of 109 deaths of people under 18 reported to the Coroner's Court in 2006. (Two cases were not ready for review at the end of last year as they were still pending completion of legal proceedings.) The review, begun in February 2008 and supported by the Social Welfare Department, found that five of 14 child suicides in 2006 stemmed from relationship problems and another five had to do with schoolwork issues. Panel chairman Dr Leung Nai-kong said the project, whose results were published yesterday, was aimed at identifying gaps and deficiency in childcare, formulating preventive strategies, and promoting inter-disciplinary co-operation to prevent child fatalities. 'The review of the loss of children is always sad and painful, but we hope that the move can help families, the government, non-governmental organisations and the community at large prevent similar incidents in the future,' Leung said. Of the 107 children, 61 died of natural causes and 46 of non-natural causes; of those who died of non-natural causes, 20 were killed in accidents, 14 committed suicide and 12 died of assaults, medical complications or unknown causes. Professor Daniel Shek Tan-lei, who dealt with suicide cases in the project, said children needed guidance on how to date and how to face break-ups. 'Compared to adults, they are more prone to love-related suicides,' Shek said. 'They need to learn to be rational in dating ... Non-government organisations and schools could give them more guidance.' The 14 children who committed suicide were all in their teens, and all but one of them jumped from a height to their deaths. Of those who died in accidents, 11 were killed in traffic, five fell from a height, three drowned and one died of a drug overdose. Four of the five killed in falls from a height fell from their own homes. Three had been left unattended when the accidents happened. Leung said some parents overestimated the physical ability of their children and therefore failed to give them adequate attention. 'People should have greater awareness over their children's safety at home,' he said. The panel recommended parents be advised of the need to employ reliable child-minders. They also recommend efforts to encourage children with suicidal intent, and their parents, to seek help from professionals. The department said it had responded to the findings by seeking to improve services. For instance, it had implemented more flexible childcare services to prevent children left unattended falling from windows.