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 | How Hong Kong, Singapore and other high-income Asian societies can defuse their demographic time bomb

With research findings suggesting that an increase in the marriage rate of women aged 25-29 can significantly raise the total fertility rate, governments should do more to remove barriers for those who want to tie the knot.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:40AM

With research findings suggesting that an increase in the marriage rate of women aged 25-29 can significantly raise the total fertility rate, governments should do more to remove barriers for those who want to tie the knot.

How Hong Kong, Singapore and other high-income Asian societies can defuse their demographic time bomb
Opinion | Hong Kong students, parents and teachers in dire need of mental health support to prevent tragic outcomes

School-age children are stuck at home, can’t see their friends and are kept busy with schoolwork while parents and teachers face new demands on their time. Schools should understand the challenges online learning pose and show flexibility in their curriculum, schedule and support.

5 Jan 2021 - 5:53AM

School-age children are stuck at home, can’t see their friends and are kept busy with schoolwork while parents and teachers face new demands on their time. Schools should understand the challenges online learning pose and show flexibility in their curriculum, schedule and support.

Hong Kong students, parents and teachers in dire need of mental health support to prevent tragic outcomes
Opinion | For Hong Kong and the US to escape the low-fertility trap, the old must help the young

The concentration of wealth among the older generation must be shared with the young, who need economic opportunities. Dialogue and generosity are needed to bridge the intergenerational divide.

31 Dec 2020 - 4:52AM

The concentration of wealth among the older generation must be shared with the young, who need economic opportunities. Dialogue and generosity are needed to bridge the intergenerational divide.

For Hong Kong and the US to escape the low-fertility trap, the old must help the young
Opinion | Hong Kong protests: show arrested youth some mercy, to begin the healing process in society

Greater discretion by police and prosecutors towards those arrested – whether they are under or over 18 – would be a significant step to rebuilding trust and harmony especially as the underlying causes of the unrest remain unaddressed.

2 Dec 2020 - 9:25AM

Greater discretion by police and prosecutors towards those arrested – whether they are under or over 18 – would be a significant step to rebuilding trust and harmony especially as the underlying causes of the unrest remain unaddressed.

Hong Kong protests: show arrested youth some mercy, to begin the healing process in society
Opinion | There’s no shame in asking for help as coronavirus takes its toll on Hongkongers’ mental health

There are fears that Covid-19 is causing a mental health epidemic in the community. Moreover, a culture that sees reaching out to others as a sign of weakness prevents families in need from getting timely help.

15 Nov 2020 - 8:49AM

There are fears that Covid-19 is causing a mental health epidemic in the community. Moreover, a culture that sees reaching out to others as a sign of weakness prevents families in need from getting timely help.

There’s no shame in asking for help as coronavirus takes its toll on Hongkongers’ mental health
Opinion | How Hong Kong’s suicide prevention efforts can help reduce the global impact of Covid-19 on mental health

Hong Kong has faced many challenges in 2020 and its strong social support networks and resilience learned from Sars can help inform global efforts to better understand the impact of the pandemic on suicide and mental health.

10 Sep 2020 - 10:13AM

Hong Kong has faced many challenges in 2020 and its strong social support networks and resilience learned from Sars can help inform global efforts to better understand the impact of the pandemic on suicide and mental health.

How Hong Kong’s suicide prevention efforts can help reduce the global impact of Covid-19 on mental health
Opinion | Hong Kong, facing an ageing society and brain drain, must act now to retain talent

Hong Kong low fertility rate, declining inward migration and increasing outflow, and ageing society do not bode well for the city’s future. The government must make nurturing and attracting talent a priority.

19 Aug 2020 - 5:45AM

Hong Kong low fertility rate, declining inward migration and increasing outflow, and ageing society do not bode well for the city’s future. The government must make nurturing and attracting talent a priority.

Hong Kong, facing an ageing society and brain drain, must act now to retain talent
Opinion | How can Hong Kong hope to be a smart city when the government can’t even distribute a HK$10,000 handout effectively?

Over a decade, the government still hasn’t figured out how to target only those living in Hong Kong for budget handouts. The budget failed to address the city’s long-term needs, such as training both young people and the elderly for future employment.

4 Mar 2020 - 6:54AM

Over a decade, the government still hasn’t figured out how to target only those living in Hong Kong for budget handouts. The budget failed to address the city’s long-term needs, such as training both young people and the elderly for future employment.

How can Hong Kong hope to be a smart city when the government can’t even distribute a HK$10,000 handout effectively?
Opinion | China coronavirus: in a time of quarantine, fear and isolation, Hongkongers need to connect with the disconnected

During Sars, suicides hit a record high, with elderly cases spiking as quarantine measures disrupted social activity. This time, let’s make mental well-being a priority, help those in quarantine stay connected with loved ones and reach out to the old, weak and disconnected.

29 Jan 2020 - 6:32AM

During Sars, suicides hit a record high, with elderly cases spiking as quarantine measures disrupted social activity. This time, let’s make mental well-being a priority, help those in quarantine stay connected with loved ones and reach out to the old, weak and disconnected.

China coronavirus: in a time of quarantine, fear and isolation, Hongkongers need to connect with the disconnected
Opinion | Singapore finally recognises that people attempting suicide need mental health support, not punishment

Singapore’s move to decriminalise attempted suicide is welcome, as are moves to give police, doctors and courts new powers on treatment for mental illnesses, recognising that suicide prevention requires a whole-of-society approach.

16 Jan 2020 - 7:59AM

Singapore’s move to decriminalise attempted suicide is welcome, as are moves to give police, doctors and courts new powers on treatment for mental illnesses, recognising that suicide prevention requires a whole-of-society approach.

Singapore finally recognises that people attempting suicide need mental health support, not punishment
Opinion | Continuing unrest makes Hong Kong’s poor poorer and helps no one

The absolute number of people in poverty grew in 2018, even though the economy made gains then. The impact of the protests will surely be felt in new poverty figures, as more people lose their jobs.

2 Jan 2020 - 6:30AM

The absolute number of people in poverty grew in 2018, even though the economy made gains then. The impact of the protests will surely be felt in new poverty figures, as more people lose their jobs.

Continuing unrest makes Hong Kong’s poor poorer and helps no one
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