Paul Yip

Paul Yip

Paul Yip is the founding director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong, and a professor at the university's Department of Social Work and Social Administration. His interests include suicide prevention, population health and poverty research. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government's Steering Committee on Population Policy.

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Opinion | The American civil war offers Hong Kong lessons in how to compromise and end conflict

The ending of America’s divisive conflict shows how it took great political courage and wisdom for the victor to offer generous and compassionate terms of surrender, promising peace and no prosecution. There are useful lessons here for Hong Kong’s government.

23 Nov 2019 - 7:41AM

The ending of America’s divisive conflict shows how it took great political courage and wisdom for the victor to offer generous and compassionate terms of surrender, promising peace and no prosecution. There are useful lessons here for Hong Kong’s government.

The American civil war offers Hong Kong lessons in how to compromise and end conflict
Opinion | Hong Kong’s spiral of violence needs to end, for the sake of our young people and our future

The two police shootings of teenagers are a wake-up call to stop the violence and protect our young people. Hong Kong has changed irrevocably. The government needs to respond to demand and make fundamental changes or the violence will linger for a long time.

10 Oct 2019 - 7:15PM

The two police shootings of teenagers are a wake-up call to stop the violence and protect our young people. Hong Kong has changed irrevocably. The government needs to respond to demand and make fundamental changes or the violence will linger for a long time.

Hong Kong’s spiral of violence needs to end, for the sake of our young people and our future
Opinion | World Suicide Prevention Day is a good time for Hong Kong to come together and move past its protest-filled summer

The World Health Organisation identifies suicide as a serious global health challenge whose signs must be recognised. And for Hong Kong, recent deaths that have been blamed on the local crisis show the need for reconciliation.

9 Sep 2019 - 3:00PM

The World Health Organisation identifies suicide as a serious global health challenge whose signs must be recognised. And for Hong Kong, recent deaths that have been blamed on the local crisis show the need for reconciliation.

World Suicide Prevention Day is a good time for Hong Kong to come together and move past its protest-filled summer
Opinion | Hong Kong’s protests will destroy the city we love if opposing sides fail to start a dialogue

The different sides of the dispute are of different generations and values, but both want to make the city better. The lack of compromise and the turn to violence can only escalate, though, ruining the Hong Kong we love

12 Aug 2019 - 11:14AM

The different sides of the dispute are of different generations and values, but both want to make the city better. The lack of compromise and the turn to violence can only escalate, though, ruining the Hong Kong we love

Hong Kong’s protests will destroy the city we love if opposing sides fail to start a dialogue
Opinion | We need to bring hope back into the lives of young Hongkongers

Hopelessness has been found to be a major risk factor for suicide. While it’s sad that a few might have been driven to despair by recent events, we must take a cautious approach to those cases for the sake of other vulnerable people.

13 Jul 2019 - 3:07PM

Hopelessness has been found to be a major risk factor for suicide. While it’s sad that a few might have been driven to despair by recent events, we must take a cautious approach to those cases for the sake of other vulnerable people.

We need to bring hope back into the lives of young Hongkongers
Opinion | If extradition protests left you emotionally distressed, here’s how to protect your mental health and your children’s

Overexposure to distressing news, like clashes between protesters and police, can have a big impact on people’s well-being, especially children’s. But we can learn to protect ourselves and recognise signs that we may be at an emotional tipping point.

21 Jun 2019 - 8:37PM

Overexposure to distressing news, like clashes between protesters and police, can have a big impact on people’s well-being, especially children’s. But we can learn to protect ourselves and recognise signs that we may be at an emotional tipping point.

If extradition protests left you emotionally distressed, here’s how to protect your mental health and your children’s
Opinion | China and Hong Kong’s ‘996’ work culture is bad for employees’ mental health, and ultimately bad for employers

Studies show that overwork can have a number of harmful effects on employees that will be reflected in the quality of their work, and that more flexible hours have benefits.

24 May 2019 - 7:32PM

Studies show that overwork can have a number of harmful effects on employees that will be reflected in the quality of their work, and that more flexible hours have benefits.

China and Hong Kong’s ‘996’ work culture is bad for employees’ mental health, and ultimately bad for employers
Opinion | As Hong Kong tops many ‘most expensive’ charts, ordinary Hongkongers struggle to make ends meet

The government must ensure that Hongkongers can thrive in their own city first instead of worrying about attracting foreign talent. Low-income workers, who have not benefited from the city’s economic development, should be the focus.

27 Apr 2019 - 2:00PM

The government must ensure that Hongkongers can thrive in their own city first instead of worrying about attracting foreign talent. Low-income workers, who have not benefited from the city’s economic development, should be the focus.

As Hong Kong tops many ‘most expensive’ charts, ordinary Hongkongers struggle to make ends meet
Opinion | Mainland migrants are needed in Hong Kong. The city should not scrap the one-way permit scheme, but improve it

The criticism directed at the mainland migrants in our midst is based on half-truths and prejudice, and should not be the basis of our policy. The scheme should stay, both for humanistic and practical reasons, but we should address genuine concerns.

6 Apr 2019 - 7:32AM

The criticism directed at the mainland migrants in our midst is based on half-truths and prejudice, and should not be the basis of our policy. The scheme should stay, both for humanistic and practical reasons, but we should address genuine concerns.

Mainland migrants are needed in Hong Kong. The city should not scrap the one-way permit scheme, but improve it
Opinion | Hong Kong is spending more money than ever on public services, but it must learn to use it wisely

Government expenditure on welfare, education and health care has risen over the years, but without sufficient oversight on whether such spending is useful, the money will not have the intended impact.

13 Mar 2019 - 9:17AM

Government expenditure on welfare, education and health care has risen over the years, but without sufficient oversight on whether such spending is useful, the money will not have the intended impact.

Hong Kong is spending more money than ever on public services, but it must learn to use it wisely
Opinion | Hong Kong’s public hospitals are struggling with our ageing population, not an influx of mainland migrants

Like other high-income countries with a low birth rate and a long life expectancy, Hong Kong’s elderly will increase demand for public health services. Meanwhile, the influx of mainland migrants has served to balance out the population’s age curve.

27 Feb 2019 - 6:12AM

Like other high-income countries with a low birth rate and a long life expectancy, Hong Kong’s elderly will increase demand for public health services. Meanwhile, the influx of mainland migrants has served to balance out the population’s age curve.

Hong Kong’s public hospitals are struggling with our ageing population, not an influx of mainland migrants
Opinion | What famed Taiwanese dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung can teach Hong Kong about managing tourists and keeping service quality high

Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung prizes quality and sustainability over the short-term bottom line, an approach that Hong Kong’s tourism industry would do well to emulate.

6 Feb 2019 - 8:03PM

Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung prizes quality and sustainability over the short-term bottom line, an approach that Hong Kong’s tourism industry would do well to emulate.

What famed Taiwanese dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung can teach Hong Kong about managing tourists and keeping service quality high
Opinion | Ageing Hong Kong should aim to keep its elderly healthy and in a job, rather than eligible for welfare

The row over the Hong Kong government’s proposal to raise the age threshold for elderly welfare payments misses the more worthy battle to avert the negative impact of workforce decline.

22 Jan 2019 - 9:38AM

The row over the Hong Kong government’s proposal to raise the age threshold for elderly welfare payments misses the more worthy battle to avert the negative impact of workforce decline.

Ageing Hong Kong should aim to keep its elderly healthy and in a job, rather than eligible for welfare
Opinion | China should simply adapt to fewer births and an ageing society

Government policy alone cannot reverse the trend of a declining fertility rate, while a demographic dividend has its limits. Beijing should focus on raising the quality of its workforce to minimise the economic impact.

8 Jan 2019 - 9:00AM

Government policy alone cannot reverse the trend of a declining fertility rate, while a demographic dividend has its limits. Beijing should focus on raising the quality of its workforce to minimise the economic impact.

China should simply adapt to fewer births and an ageing society
Opinion | Hong Kong’s ailing health care system needs an injection of people-centred policymaking

The ageing population puts stress on the city’s health care system, apart from allowing in more overseas-trained doctors, greater use of technology, more after-hours clinics and a holistic approach would help.

15 Dec 2018 - 8:21PM

The ageing population puts stress on the city’s health care system, apart from allowing in more overseas-trained doctors, greater use of technology, more after-hours clinics and a holistic approach would help.

Hong Kong’s ailing health care system needs an injection of people-centred policymaking
Opinion | Trend of low fertility in Hong Kong is here to stay, whatever the government may do

The latest findings confirm the city’s intractable below-replacement birth rate. Yet, while efforts to raise the rate are likely to be futile, couples who want to raise kids should still be given the support they need.

8 Dec 2018 - 9:27AM

The latest findings confirm the city’s intractable below-replacement birth rate. Yet, while efforts to raise the rate are likely to be futile, couples who want to raise kids should still be given the support they need.

Trend of low fertility in Hong Kong is here to stay, whatever the government may do
Opinion | Hong Kong’s mega bridge and high-speed rail should do more than bring in visitors the city cannot cope with

Hong Kong needs strategic planning to benefit from its two new infrastructure projects – and a tourist free-for-all will not do the trick.

13 Nov 2018 - 7:22PM

Hong Kong needs strategic planning to benefit from its two new infrastructure projects – and a tourist free-for-all will not do the trick.

Hong Kong’s mega bridge and high-speed rail should do more than bring in visitors the city cannot cope with
Solid minimum wage policy will benefit Hong Kong’s lower paid
Hong Kong’s Typhoon Mangkhut response highlights value of community spirit in tackling natural disasters

The government’s efforts to prepare for the typhoon were commendable, but a better surveillance and monitoring system, drawing on community information, could have minimised chaos in the storm’s aftermath.

25 Sep 2018 - 7:07PM

The government’s efforts to prepare for the typhoon were commendable, but a better surveillance and monitoring system, drawing on community information, could have minimised chaos in the storm’s aftermath.

Hong Kong’s Typhoon Mangkhut response highlights value of community spirit in tackling natural disasters
Migrants are a help to Hong Kong’s ageing society, not a hindrance
Preventing suicide among Hong Kong’s youth will take a collective effort, in school and beyond

An approach that combines research, knowledge sharing, and training for teachers, would help prevent suicide among Hong Kong’s youth, amid academic and social pressure.

8 Sep 2018 - 8:12PM

An approach that combines research, knowledge sharing, and training for teachers, would help prevent suicide among Hong Kong’s youth, amid academic and social pressure.

Preventing suicide among Hong Kong’s youth will take a collective effort, in school and beyond
Gender equality in high-income Asian countries remains a work in progress

The road is long for gender equality in Asia, as shown by the scandal of Tokyo Medical University rigging its entrance exam against women. Policymakers, the media and women’s rights groups have much work to do.

18 Aug 2018 - 2:58AM

The road is long for gender equality in Asia, as shown by the scandal of Tokyo Medical University rigging its entrance exam against women. Policymakers, the media and women’s rights groups have much work to do.

Gender equality in high-income Asian countries remains a work in progress
Opinion | How Ellen Loo, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain should inspire those with mental illness to seek help

The conversation around celebrity suicides should focus on the complexity of causes leading to people taking their own lives and the value of reaching out for help.

9 Aug 2018 - 8:30PM

The conversation around celebrity suicides should focus on the complexity of causes leading to people taking their own lives and the value of reaching out for help.

How Ellen Loo, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain should inspire those with mental illness to seek help
Opinion | With government help, women in Hong Kong need not have to choose between careers and motherhood

The birth of the New Zealand prime minister’s child is a reminder that with the proper support, women can choose to have both children and their careers. New Zealand and Denmark are two examples showing how it can be done.

28 Jul 2018 - 12:38PM

The birth of the New Zealand prime minister’s child is a reminder that with the proper support, women can choose to have both children and their careers. New Zealand and Denmark are two examples showing how it can be done.

With government help, women in Hong Kong need not have to choose between careers and motherhood
How Hong Kong can make its ageing society an ‘age-friendly society’ that benefits everyone

With Hong Kong’s 65 and older population set to double over the next 25 years, investments in health care, education, job training, fair wages and an efficient retirement system are necessary to care for the elderly while benefiting the young.

21 Jul 2018 - 7:01PM

With Hong Kong’s 65 and older population set to double over the next 25 years, investments in health care, education, job training, fair wages and an efficient retirement system are necessary to care for the elderly while benefiting the young.

How Hong Kong can make its ageing society an ‘age-friendly society’ that benefits everyone
Rebuild trust in Hong Kong by nurturing altruism

A recent study shows that, while Hong Kong people are generous with monetary donations, they are less able or willing to volunteer their time for charitable causes. Hong Kong must do more to encourage such contributions to strengthen social bonds.

4 Jul 2018 - 8:40PM

A recent study shows that, while Hong Kong people are generous with monetary donations, they are less able or willing to volunteer their time for charitable causes. Hong Kong must do more to encourage such contributions to strengthen social bonds.

Rebuild trust in Hong Kong by nurturing altruism
If AI is the future, Hong Kong is still stuck in the dark ages while mainland China has powered ahead

The lack of funding and manpower, bureaucratic barriers and the government’s failure to effectively collect and share data inhibit the development of artificial intelligence in Hong Kong.

15 Jun 2018 - 5:55PM

The lack of funding and manpower, bureaucratic barriers and the government’s failure to effectively collect and share data inhibit the development of artificial intelligence in Hong Kong.

If AI is the future, Hong Kong is still stuck in the dark ages while mainland China has powered ahead
Hong Kong’s failure on overtime pay legislation shows it is moving backwards

Hong Kong cannot consider itself a modern, fair and compassionate society if it does not protect and properly compensate low-income workers doing overtime.

28 May 2018 - 7:25PM

Hong Kong cannot consider itself a modern, fair and compassionate society if it does not protect and properly compensate low-income workers doing overtime.

Hong Kong’s failure on overtime pay legislation shows it is moving backwards
Housing problems will persist as long as Hong Kong’s haves ignore the have-nots

From the standpoint of the community as a whole, there is no reason why the Fanling golf club’s land shouldn’t be used for housing, or why 1,000 hectares of farmland owned by the wealthy should sit idle while others suffer in subdivided flats and wait for public housing.

4 May 2018 - 6:16PM

From the standpoint of the community as a whole, there is no reason why the Fanling golf club’s land shouldn’t be used for housing, or why 1,000 hectares of farmland owned by the wealthy should sit idle while others suffer in subdivided flats and wait for public housing.

Housing problems will persist as long as Hong Kong’s haves ignore the have-nots
Older Hongkongers still have much to offer in the workplace

Measures for keeping Hong Kong’s older population active in the workforce can help prevent poverty among the elderly and partially offset the decline in the birth rate.

24 Apr 2018 - 7:52PM

Measures for keeping Hong Kong’s older population active in the workforce can help prevent poverty among the elderly and partially offset the decline in the birth rate.

Older Hongkongers still have much to offer in the workplace