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
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.