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2016香港助人指數發布 暨「好心 地」手機應用程式啟動禮
2016 Hong Kong Altruism Index Release and Mobile Application “Helppiness” Launch Ceremony

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2016香港助人指數

中心曾在2014年首次公布了香港助人指數調查結果,獲得廣泛關注。此後亦發表了學術文章,驗證了該指數的信度和效度。2016年,中心獲得周大福慈善基金的資助,再次進行了以助人指數為主題的調查,隨機訪問了3016位本港居民,了解他們的助人行為和身心福祉情況。

調查顯示:以滿分10分來計算,本港居民助人指數的平均分為5.6分,屬中等,仍有進步空間。但對比2014年,本港社會已有顯著進步,對助人行為的總參與程度由61.1%增加到80.4%。根據中心的最新學術研究,助人可以分為四個理論維度,分別為『義工服務』,『慈善捐款』,『捐血和器官捐贈』,以及『日常義助』。過去的兩年裡,本港社會對義工服務的參與度從39.1%提升到88.5%;日常義助亦從82.4%升到98.0%。慈善捐款由於過往的參與度以及很高,此次提升不大。而捐血和器官方面,本地的參與度一直偏低,僅從44%升至50%,值得關注。

身心福祉方面,對比2014年,本港居民對健康和家庭關係的滿意度沒有顯著變化,但在職人士的工作滿意度方面卻發現顯著下降。統計分析發現受訪者的助人指數總分、以及『捐贈金錢』、『捐血和器官捐贈』和『日常義助』三方面的得分均與其身心福祉得分之間呈現顯著正相關,再次印證助人為快樂之源。但『義工服務』與身心福祉的得分沒有顯著關係,說明未來需要提供更多義工培訓、朋輩支持和專業督導,關注和提升義工的身心健康。

義工Allan:退而不休,助人助己

2016助人指數調查發現本地長者參與義務服務的比例相比2014年大增。為此,大會特別邀請了一名退休人士Allan分享過去18年的義工經歷。他首先接觸義工服務是在公司的義工隊。他表示參加義工後變得更有自信,並在人生裡尋找到意義和價值。作為退休人士,他深深體會到義工如何幫助他保持身心健康,減輕退休時容易出現的失落感或抑鬱。他亦強調由年長的人向長者提供義工服務更為見效,在關心對方時較年青人更容易打開話題、更投契,因此鼓勵退休人士加入義工行列,助人助己。

年青人阿山:關心朋輩,守護生命

2016助人指數調查亦發現年輕人在日常生活中幫助周圍人提供情緒支援的比例增大。因此,大會亦邀請了一名大專學生阿山分享有關為朋友提供情緒支援的經驗。他憶述去年面對身邊的人表達自殺念頭,令他感到傍惶,不知道如何能幫助對方。但他都保持冷靜,陪伴對方尋求學校社工的協助。這經驗讓他更有信心幫助受情緒困擾的朋友。被問及經常擔起關心及照顧他人的角色,會否感到疲乏,他表示少不免會因為對方而心情感到沉重,但也明白這種情況下「唔好全靠自己」,而是向專業的社工尋求協助。阿山鼓勵大家:「有時候,一句關心的問候『你點呀?』已經很足夠,所以大家不要怕尷尬,踏出一步關心你身邊的朋友吧!」

「好心 地」手機應用程式

在2014年的調研中,中心瞭解到許多人未能多參與助人是因為資訊不足,不知道可以去哪裡幫人。因此,中心特別研發了「好心 地」手機應用程式。它是香港首創的義助資訊平台,資訊包括:義工服務、籌款活動、賣旗日、捐血,以至日常的善行。用家不僅可以使用程式搜尋和記錄不同的助人資訊,還可以自主上傳和分享資訊,令更多人可以方便地發起助人活動。

應用程式現正式向公眾發佈。手機用戶可以掃描右方的QR碼下載,或在 Google Play 商店(Android用戶)或 App Store(iPhone用戶)搜索「好心地」進行下載。程式有繁體中文及英文兩種語言可供選擇,並適用於Android及Apple兩種平台。更多資訊請訪問 http://csrp.hku.hk/helppiness

周大福慈善基金代表曾安業理事總結

是次助人指數調研及手機程式開發均獲得周大福慈善基金的資助。基金代表曾安業理事在會上致詞,表示對於近日時有發生的悲劇感到痛心,同時亦高興從研究中得知「助人為快樂之本」是經科學實證的。曾理事鼓勵大家下載並使用「好心 地」應用程式,同時呼籲各界攜手推廣助人行為。

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下載2016香港助人指數研究報告中文版本。

下載香港居民助人指數得分香港社會助人行為參與率的資訊圖表。

傳媒查詢請聯絡︰邱世邦先生(Rickey),電話︰2831 5232,電郵︰csrp@hku.hk

2016 Hong Kong Altruism Index

CSRP released the first Altruism Index Survey results in 2014, which gained much public attention. An academic paper was later published on the validation and reliability of the Altruism Index. With the generous support of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation, CSRP conducted another round of territory-wide survey on altruism in late 2016. A total of 3,016 Hong Kong citizens were randomly recruited in the study on their altruistic behaviours and well-being status.

According to the findings, the average altruism score for Hong Kong residents is 5.6 out of 10, only around average, therefore leaving much room for improvement. The total participation rate of altruistic behaviours surged from 61.1% in 2014 to 80.4% in 2016, a significant improvement compared to 2014. The Altruism Index consists of four dimensions, namely Volunteering, Monetary Donation, Blood and Organ Donations, and Informal Help. In the past two years, there were huge improvement in people’s participation in voluntary work and offering informal help to others in Hong Kong – the participation rates of volunteering rocketed from 39.1% to 88.5%; and informal help increased from 82.4% to 98.0%. The participation rate for monetary donation remained high in 2016 and its increase was insignificant as compared to 2014. The participation rate for blood and organ donations remained low at 50% in 2016, from around 44% in 2014.

When compared to 2014, there were no significant changes in Hong Kong people’s satisfaction of physical health and family relationship while job satisfaction of those working reduced significantly. According to statistical analysis, the well-being of people in Hong Kong is positively associated with the overall altruism scores, monetary donation, blood and organ donations and informal help. This once again demonstrates that helping others is the source of happiness. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the association between volunteering and well-being was not significant, which means more volunteer training, peer support, and professional guidance will be needed to enhance the well-being of volunteers.

Allan: Volunteering in retirement helps others and oneself.

The 2016 Survey indicated a surge in the number of senior volunteers from 2014. Allan, a retiree, shared his volunteering experience in the past 18 years. He first worked as a volunteer through his company. After joining, he became more confident in himself and found the purposes and values of life. Allan told how volunteering has played a pivotal role in enhancing his physical and mental well-being, reducing his sense of loss and depression from retirement. Senior volunteers are having an advantage over young people in elderly services because they can understand the needs of old people more, he said, and encouraged more retirees to participate in volunteering to help others and themselves.

Shan: Caring a friend in need is guarding life

The 2016 Survey also revealed a significant increase in the participation rate of informal help among young people. Shan, a tertiary student, shared how he had provided emotional support to his friends. He recalled his anxiousness and helplessness when his friend first told him his suicide thoughts. Shan managed to remain calm and accompanied his friend to seek professional help from the school counsellor. After the incident, he has become more confident in offering help to those emotionally distressed. When he was asked whether he felt tired of being always the carer, he agreed that there were times of feeling a heavy load due to the emotions of his friends. In such circumstances, he understood he should not rely on his own strength but to seek professional help. He said: “A simple greeting like “how are you?” is all you need to express your care to a person. Put aside the embarrassment that worries you and reach out to your friends in need.”

Mobile Application “Helppiness

In the 2014 Survey, it was revealed that many people did not engage in altruistic acts due to a lack of information. In this regard, CSRP has developed “Helppiness”, an information platform and the first of its kind in Hong Kong to provide information on helping opportunities including volunteering work, Flag Day donation, blood donation, and daily acts of kindness. Users can search and record a wide range of helping opportunities using the app. They can also upload information to promote informal helping in society.

Mobile phone users can download ‘Helppiness’ by scanning the QR code on the right, or by searching “Helppiness” in the Google Play Store for Android users or the App Store for iPhone users. It is available in traditional Chinese and English for both Android and iPhone users. For more information about Helppiness, please visit http://csrp.hku.hk/helppiness.

Closing by Mr Tsang Patrick On Yip, representative of the Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation

The 2016 Survey and the development of Helppiness were supported by the Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation. Mr Tsang, Patrick On Yip, a representative from the foundation, said he was saddened by recent student suicide cases. He was happy to learn from the survey findings that many people consider helping others the source of happiness. He encouraged the public to download Helppiness to help promote the spirit and acts of altruism.

This press release can be downloaded here in PDF format.

The full report in English can be downloaded here.

The infographics for Hong Kong Resident’s Altruism Index Score and Hong Kong Population’s Participation Rate can be downloaded here.

For media enquiries, please contact: Rickey Yau, Tel: 2831 5232, Email: csrp@hku.hk

WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects-Best Practice Award Presentation Ceremony
《與你同行》資助計劃 – 由學生主導的防止青年自殺計劃頒獎典禮

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WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Project (the project) is the very first cross-institutional student initiated suicide prevention project conducted by The Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (the Centre). The Fund aims to encourage students, with the support of professional advisors, to organise, initiate, and implement mental health related projects at university campuses, and through the projects to nurture positive emotions at campuses and to enhance awareness of mental health issues among youths. Supported by Mr Lau Ming Wai, Chairman of the Commission on Youth, the project had invited applications from students and tertiary institutions from June to August in 2016. Fourteen selected projects at 10 tertiary institutions were funded and completed by December 2016. An award ceremony was held today (March 9). The champion, first runner-up and second runner-up of the Best Practice Award received HK$50,000, HK$30,000, and HK$20,000 respectively for continuation and expansion of their projects.

Champion, First runner-up and Second runner-up of Best Practice Award

IMG_6183_lrThe champion was the “Shall we talk” team, a group of youngsters passionate in drama from Hong Kong Baptist University. They expressed their concerns over issues regarding suicide through a self-directed play, written with an aim to inspire audience to reflect on their roles in suicide prevention, as well as deliver the message of treasuring life and emphasise the importance of communication. The whole drama consisted of three stories: the first story explored the causes of suicide and the roles of different stakeholders in society in suicide prevention; the second story highlighted the need to seize the opportunity to care for people around and not to miss their signs for help; the third story encouraged open and honest communication among people and spread hope for the future. The team held three performances at a Black Box Theatre, which were all very well received with over 100 audience attending each time. After each performance, the actors and scriptwriter were engaged in a dialogue with audience to exchange views and feelings. The Centre’s review committee agreed that using stories and drama as a medium to raise public awareness and encourage discussion on suicide prevention is more appealing to the youth, in terms of arousing interest and building emotional connection, as compared to traditional methods such as writing column articles or holding exhibitions. The project is therefore worth to be sustained and promoted so as to reach out to more students at different institutions.

IMG_6179_lrThe first runner-up was the「心晴」team (literally “shining heart”) from the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). Their project targeted students living in residence halls. According to the team’s observation, students at the university have been busy with academic work, lectures and placements, and since around one-third of the students are staying in residence halls, reaching out to this group should be the most direct and effective way. The team prepared greeting cards, stationeries and souvenirs printed with words of encouragement and contact information for counselling services at the Student Affairs Office, for distribution at dormitories and on university campus. Resident tutors also took the opportunity to chat with students when giving out the greeting cards and small gifts. In addition, a stress relief workshop utilising the expressive arts was held for hall students. It was scheduled in the evening after classes to allow more students to attend. EdUHK students are future teachers in society. Their mental wellbeing as well as their awareness of the importance of it should be of paramount importance, as they will be given the responsibility to take care of the physical and mental health of their students and spread positive messages to them. Therefore, the Centre’s review committee was of the view that the project should be made sustainable to benefit more teachers under training.

IMG_6172_lrThe second runner-up was the “Game of Tones: You matter, we care” team from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The team composed of non-local research postgraduate students at the university. They formed the team out of a sad experience in the past regarding a hall student suicide case, and hope to promote mental health awareness, reduce stigma on mental illness and encourage those in need to seek help. Activities held included “Rap in the dark” rapping workshop, “Kick it out” boxing experience, and progressive muscle relaxation training and meditation. Participants could relieve their emotions and stress through music, exercises, and different relaxation techniques. Post-activity evaluation on participants’ mental health knowledge and their help-seeking attitude revealed a general improvement in knowledge and a more positive attitude towards seeking emotional support from professionals. The Centre’s review committee expressed in particular appreciation for the non-local student members who have dedicated themselves to care about the mental wellbeing of all students in the university. Their work can fill the gap of existing services to cater also for the need of non-local students to help them adapt to the new environment in Hong Kong and cope with academic stress.

Care and Communications are the keys

The ceremony provided an opportunity for the organiser to express appreciation to the participants to thank them for their support of the WeCare Fund and in promoting proactively suicide prevention. The Centre thanked each participant and institution, in particular staff members of the student affairs offices and professional advisors, for their time and effort.

Mr Lau Ming Wai, sponsor of the project and the guest of honour at the ceremony, was encouraged to see so many students and institutions participated in the event. He expressed his appreciation towards the creativity and strength demonstrated by the youngsters in these projects. They were able to design a mobile app, perform a play, or implement a peer counsellor scheme within a short three months’ time. Mr Lau was confident that these projects would bring new ideas to inspire future suicide prevention work.

Professor Paul Yip, Director of the Centre, said the fourteen student-initiated projects had rightly placed an emphasis on the importance of connection and communication among people, through social media or in person to express care. He urged the students to take one step further to continue to show care and be the guardian angels of their peers.

This press release can be downloaded here in PDF format.

For media enquiries, please contact: Rickey Yau, Tel: 2831 5232, Email: csrp@hku.hk

《與你同行》資助計劃 – 由學生主導的防止青年自殺計劃(以下簡稱「本計劃」)是香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心(以下簡稱「中心」)首個跨院校及由學生主導的防止自殺計劃,目的是協助學生於大學校園內去發起、組織及開展與精神健康相關的活動,配合專業人員指導,培養校園内的積極情緒,及加強青年大眾對精神健康的關注。整個計劃由青年事務委員會主席劉鳴煒先生贊助,在2016年6月至8月接受本港各大學及專上學院學生申請,最後受資助的計劃共14個,分別來自10間大學/大專院校。所有計劃已於2016年12月圓滿結束,並於今天(3月9日星期四)舉行了頒獎典禮,頒發「卓越實踐計劃獎」的冠軍、亞軍及季軍,得獎計劃會分別獲得港幣5萬元、3萬元及2萬元的額外資金用作維持和擴展其計劃。

「卓越實踐計劃獎」的冠軍、亞軍及季軍

IMG_6183_lr冠軍的得主為香港浸會大學的Shall we talk團隊,他們都是一群熱愛戲劇的年青人,通過表演自行編寫的劇目,表達對自殺議題的關注,讓觀眾反思個人在預防自殺的角色,並帶出珍惜生命及溝通的重要性。整個劇目由三個故事組成,第一個故事探討自殺的成因及社會上不同的持份者在自殺事件中擔當的角色;第二個故事提出要把握關心身邊人的機會,別錯過他們的求助訊號;第三個故事鼓勵人與人之間互相溝通、坦誠表達及要對明天抱有希望。他們在一個黑盒劇場共表演了三場,每場都超過一百名觀眾入場,反應十分理想。每場表演完結後,演員及編劇都會與觀眾互動,解釋創作理念及共同探討對故事的感受。評審團認為透過故事及話劇形式,以軟性的手法引起大眾對自殺課題的關心及討論,比起通過傳統的模式,例如文章或展覽更貼近年輕人的興趣,亦可推廣至不同的院校,接觸更多的學生,值得延續。

IMG_6179_lr亞軍的得獎者為香港教育大學的「心晴」團隊,他們的計劃對象是住在學生宿舍的同學。團隊成員表示,教育大學的學生課業繁重,上課及實習時間長,校園很多時都較為冷清。而有三分之一的同學住在學生宿舍,在宿舍接觸同學是較為直接及有效的方法。此計劃製作了不同的心意卡、紀念品及文具在宿舍及校園內派發給同學,除了印上鼓勵性語句外,還加上了學生事務處學生輔導服務的聯絡方法,讓同學更清楚有關服務及尋求協助的方法。同時,宿舍導師可以透過派發心意卡及關愛小禮物,直接與宿生傾談,作出關心。另外,他們安排了以表達藝術(expressive art)的方式的減壓工作坊於晚間時份在宿舍舉行,不但符合同學的日程表,增加同學參與的機會,並且以較新鮮的方式讓同學學習減壓方法,增強吸引力。教育大學的學生是未來的老師,若他們擁有良好的精神健康及明白精神健康的重要性,將來便能多關注學生的身心健康,把正面的訊息教導學生。故此,評審團認為此計劃的持久性及影響力將更為長遠,希望有更多的受訓老師可以受惠。

IMG_6172_lr季軍的得獎者為香港理工大學的Game of tones: You matter, we care團隊。團隊成員都是香港理工大學的非本地研究生,他們參與本計劃的起因是過去有宿生在他們所居住的學生宿舍自殺身亡,故此希望透過此計劃出一分力,提高同學對精神健康的關注、減低對心理疾患的負面標籤及鼓勵有需要的同學尋求協助。他們的計劃內容包括舉辦饒舌工作坊(Rap in the dark)、拳擊體驗(Kick it out)、漸進式肌肉放鬆法(Progressive muscle relaxation)及冥想(meditation)訓練,讓參加者可以透過音樂、運動及不同的放鬆技巧紓緩自己的情緒,減輕壓力。根據他們所作的成效研究,以不同的量表量度參加者對精神健康的認知及求助態度可見,參加者在參與計劃活動後,對精神健康的認知有所增加,亦對尋求專業人士協助處理情緒問題採取更正面的態度。評審團特別欣賞團隊成員作為非本地學生,都積極關注所有同學的身心健康,並留意到非本地研究生要適應香港的生活及應付學業的壓力,填補了服務上的空缺。

關心與溝通是關鍵

除了以上得獎的計劃外,此頒獎典禮同時表揚各參與學生及院校支持是次《與你同行》資助計劃,積極推動防止青年自殺的工作。本中心十分感謝各同學及大學/大專院校,特別是學生事務處的同工及其他專業顧問,願意在繁忙的課業及工作中,抽出額外的時間及心思,為推動大學校園的關愛文化、提高同學對精神健康的關注及認識貢獻自己的力量。

青年事務委員會主席劉鳴煒先生作為贊助人及頒獎嘉賓,對有多間院校參與此資助計劃感到鼓舞。他表示十分欣賞參與同學的創意及魄力,因為他們能在三個月內推出手機應用程式、話劇、朋輩輔導員等各項計劃,並從學生的角度出發,發展出適合年青人的活動。相信這些計劃對未來防止自殺的工作,加添了不少新的構想。

中心總監葉兆輝教授總結說,這14個由學生主導的計劃都十分著重人與人之間的連繫與溝通,無論是用社交媒體還是面對面的接觸,都希望表達出關心身邊人的訊息。參與本計劃的同學都願意多行一步,利用自己的時間、專長及興趣,實踐了對其他學生身心健康的關注,成為別人的守護者。期望社會大眾都像這些同學一樣,以行動表達對別人的關心,以己之能,為防止青年自殺獻出一分力。

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Social Media for Social Good [Talk 3]

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Our seminar ‘How to make the Internet Safer and Better?’ was successfully held on 22 February, 2017. We were honored to have Mia Garlick, Director of Policy of Facebook Headquarter, Charles Mok, the legislative councilor (IT constituency), and Hsu Siu-man, Supervisor of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) sharing their views on the topic – ‘how can social media play a more active role in suicide prevention’.

The seminar was followed by a vibrant discussion with more than 50 people attended, including teachers and counsellors from schools, government departments, non-government organisations, social media professionals, scholars and students from various disciplines.

‘As a counsellor providing service to school teenagers, I need guides to empower my students so that they can support their peers. I was thinking that if the kid’s friends had seen the last words he posted on Facebook and knew how to respond, they could have saved his life,’ said a school counsellor.

We would like to express our deep sorrow for the loss. At the same time, we were grateful to see that the school representatives were determined to help our youngsters and proactively seek advice from professionals. Here we kindly inform the resources we have for diverse stakeholders including schools, parents, and media professionals:

Visit the WeCare website for information related to suicide prevention such as warning signs, risk and protective factors, tips for communicating with people who are emotionally distressed, etc.

Play the interactive game to know how you can respond and support a friend who is going through emotional distress and suicidal thoughts.

We also provide mental health-related and suicide prevention training workshops for different stakeholders in the society. Please do not hesitate to contact us via 2831-5232 for more information of and supports for suicide prevention.

我們以「如何使網上世界變得更安全和美好?」主題的研討會已經於二零一七年二月二十二日順利舉行。當中Facebook政策主任 Mia Garlick,立法會議員(資訊科技界)莫乃光,和香港青年協會督導主任徐小曼,就社交媒體能如何更主動參與防止自殺工作作出分享。

研討會後的發問環節亦有十分豐富的討論。是次研討會有超過五十人參與,當中有不同界別的代表,例如:學校的教師和輔導主任、政府部門、非政府組織、社交媒體專業人士、學者和不同學科的學生等等。

其中一位學校輔導員分享道:「作為學校裡為青少年服務的輔導主任,我需要指引,讓我知道如何替我的學生充權,使他們能夠支援同學。有位輕生的孩子在Facebook上發佈了他最後一句說話。我在想,假如他的朋友看到,並且他們知道該如何回應,也許他們可以拯救他。」

對於每一個早逝的生命,我們都深感遺憾。同時,我們亦非常感恩看見這些輔導員和老師決心幫助我們的青年,並積極尋求專業人士的意見。我們為不同的持份者提供各類資源,包括學校,家長和媒體專業人士:

登入WeCare網站,了解與防止自殺相關的信息,例如:自殺警告、高危和保護因素,與受情緒困擾的人交流的技巧等等。

玩玩這個互動遊戲,了解如何應對和支援一個受情緒困擾,甚至表達自殺念頭的朋友。

如有需要,我們亦可以針對不同學校或機構的需要,提供專門的社會工作者或教師培訓工作坊。歡迎致電2831-5232與我們聯繫,了解更多有關防止自殺的信息和支援。

Social Media for Social Good – Talk 3
How to Make the Internet Safer and Better?

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Speaker:
Ms. Mia Garlick (Director of Policy at Facebook)

Panelists:
Hon. Charles Mok (Member of Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Information Technology)
Ms. Siu Man Hsu (Supervisor, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups)

Moderator:
Prof. Paul Yip (Director of HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU)

Date : Feb 22, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 9:30 – 10:30
Venue : Studio 3, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.

Abstract

Social media has been playing a vital role in suicide prevention, as well as many other social issues. It provides a new platform to connect people and to reach out to those who used to be hidden in regular social settings. In view of the potential outcomes, Facebook online safety expert, Mia Garlick will present Facebook’s latest safety tools and share some global best practices with regards to online safety. Following Mia’s talk, representatives from suicide prevention professionals, legislators, and NGOs will join her in a panel discussion on how social media, such as Facebook, can work with different stakeholders to make the Internet a safer and better place.

About the speaker

Mia Garlick is the Director of Policy at Facebook, working across the Asia-Pacific region. In her role, Mia liaises with government, safety and community organisations and other key stakeholders. Mia also co-ordinates safety initiatives for Facebook across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Facebook, Mia was the Assistant Secretary for Digital Economy and Convergence Strategy at the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Mia joined the Department shortly after returning from Silicon Valley where she worked as the Product Counsel for YouTube and, prior to this, the General Counsel for the non-profit Creative Commons.

 

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Neighbourhood effects on wellbeing:
Two multilevel analyses of life satisfaction and substance use from Hong Kong and Taiwan

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Speaker: Dr. Shu-Sen Chang (College of Public Health, National Taiwan University)
Date : Sept 23, 2016 (Friday)
Time : 12:00 – 13:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.

Abstract

There is a growing body of literature on the effect of neighbourhood socioeconomic characteristics on individuals’ health and wellbeing. The substantial growth of understanding in this area benefits much from the advent and access to multilevel analysis, which enables the disentangling of effects of individual- and neighbourhood-level factors. In this seminar multilevel analyses based on two population-based, representative samples from Hong Kong and Taiwan will be presented. The Hong Kong study investigated the association of neighbourhood socioeconomic factors with individuals’ life satisfaction and happiness. The Taiwanese study examined the association of neighbourhood socioeconomic factors with individuals’ use of alcohol, tobacco, betel nut, and illicit drugs. Limitations and implications of the findings will be discussed.

About the speaker

Dr Shu-Sen Chang MD, MSc, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health, National Taiwan University. He was trained and had practiced as a psychiatrist in Taiwan (2001-2007), and completed his PhD in Bristol, UK (2010). His research interests include suicide and suicide prevention, community mental health, psychiatric epidemiology, and spatial epidemiology.

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Developing Comprehensive, Integrated Approaches to Suicide Prevention

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Speaker: Dr. Eric D. Caine (University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester)
Date : Sept 23, 2016 (Friday)
Time : 11:00 – 12:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.

Abstract

To date, there have been no effective, broadly applied, comprehensive and sustainable approaches to preventing suicide and risk-related premature deaths in the United States.  Rare examples of exceptional programs exist – in the US Air Force and the police force of Montreal, Quebec, Canada – but no one has replicated these results, nor is it clear that they are suitable for dealing with the extraordinary diversity within and between states, let alone an entire country. Preventing suicides and premature deaths – to the extent that there is a substantial reduction in population-level rates – will require systemic, systematically applied and coordinated interventions. They will require carefully crafted public health initiatives that reach far ‘upstream’ while also dealing with persons on the ‘edge of death.’ While suicide is often viewed from the perspectives of individuals who have killed themselves, these deaths are drawn from diverse groups who share common characteristics. Effective prevention programs must address the diversity of these groups even as it is essential to meet the needs of individuals suffering great distress. Suicide prevention must be built as a mosaic; no single piece will convey the entire picture.

This presentation will consider what elements are necessary for creating and sustaining the mosaic of efforts required for preventing suicide, attempted suicide, and antecedent risks that are common to these adverse outcomes, as well as other related forms of premature death.  It will consider the challenges involved when promoting effective, broad based coalitions; the opportunities from forging synergies among diverse groups; the development of dynamic models to explore the impact of programmatic changes and interventions; and the central role of culture change that will be essential to creating and sustaining a powerfully effective suicide prevention movement.

About the speaker

Dr. Caine has served since 1996 as John Romano Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center and Co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS) since its founding in 1998. He has deep experience in the evaluation, management, and aftercare of acutely suicidal individuals, dating to the 1970s. Dr. Caine recently was a member of the Task Force charged with reformulating the National Strategy of Suicide Prevention, a subgroup of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and now co-chairs its ‘Impact Group’, which will track the effects of the new strategy on national rates of suicide.

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WeCare 與你同行
2016 World Suicide Prevention Day Press Conference
世界防止自殺日新聞發布會

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September 10th is the World Suicide Prevention Day. The HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will hold a press conference on September 9 (Friday) with theme “WeCare與你同行”.

Professor Paul YIP Siu-fai, Director of the Centre, will at the conference present the latest suicide statistics for Hong Kong, and talk about our newest research findings. The student suicide incidents in early 2016 raised the public’s concerns. The conference will focus on youth mental health and encourage everyone to Connect, Communicate, and Care about those who are in need. Jason, an influential Youtuber with over 440,000 subscribers, will share on how he recovered from suicidal thoughts by receiving help, and how he activated his social network and encouraged his subscribers to seek help. CSRP will also launch the latest WeCare與你同行 website in hope to facilitate different stakeholders to contribute to suicide prevention.

Details of the press conference are as follows:

Date: September 9, 2016 (Friday) Time: 2:30 pm (Media registration starts at 2:15 pm) Venue: Studio 3-4, 2/F, HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, HK Language: Cantonese (English is available for Q&A session)

Program:

2:30 – 2:40 Professor Yip (Director of CSRP): releases the latest suicide rates in Hong Kong and shares recent research findings on student suicide cases
2:40 – 3:00 Jason (Youtuber): shares experiences of “connect, communicate, and care”
3:00 – 3:10 Professor Yip: launches the latest WeCare website and concludes the event
3:10 – 3:30 Q&A session

About HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP), HKU Founded in 2002, the CSRP has been promoting the use of Public Health Approach in tackling suicide problems in Hong Kong. The CSRP has established its reputation in suicide research and prevention worldwide and extended its research scope to well-being of individuals as well as the whole society. The CSRP believes in that empirical research would optimize practices and ultimately contribute to the improvement of a society.

Download official full Press Release (English) here.
Download Press Conference Slides here.

For media enquiries, please call Mr. Rickey YAU at (Tel) 2831 5232, or send email to csrp@hku.hk.

每年的9月10日為世界防止自殺日。香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心(以下簡稱「防止自殺研究中心」)將於9月9日(星期五)舉辦「WeCare 與你同行」為主題的新聞發布會。

會上,防止自殺研究中心總監 葉兆輝教授將報告最新的香港自殺率數據及人口分佈特徵,並介紹中心最近的研究成果。近來學生自殺事件引起各界關注,大會將以青少年的精神健康為中心,圍繞『連結、溝通、關心』,呼籲各界人士伸出援手,支持有風險的人士走出困境。為此,大會特別邀請了一位擁有超過44萬訂閱的Youtuber ——「大J」,分享他的心路歷程,從身處困境卻不敢求助,到現今運用他的影響力,去鼓勵其他面對情緒困擾的人。大會並將公佈最新版本的WeCare 與你同行」網站,旨在協助各方持分者參與防止自殺工作。

新聞發布會詳情如下:

日期:2016年9月9日(星期五)
時間:下午2時半(傳媒登記時間︰下午2時15分)
地點:香港薄扶林沙宣道5號香港賽馬會跨學科研究大樓2樓Studio 3-4
語言:粵語主講,問答環節可使用英文 流程

2:30 – 2:40 葉兆輝教授(防止自殺研究中心總監): 公布最新香港自殺率數據,介紹中心關於學生自殺的研究發現
2:40 – 3:00 大 J (Youtuber):分享自身經歷
3:00-3:10 葉兆輝教授:公佈最新版本「WeCare 與你同行」網站,總結
3:10 – 3:30 傳媒提問

關於香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心

自2002年創立以來,香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心(CSRP)已經建立起其在國際防止自殺領域的影響力,並在近年將工作擴展到關注整體社會的福祉。CSRP相信通過實證研究可以優化實踐,並最終將有助於社會進步。

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傳媒查詢請聯絡:邱世邦先生(Rickey),電話︰2831 5232,電郵︰csrp@hku.hk

Zero Suicide: An International Declaration for Better Healthcare

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Speaker: David Covington (CEO and President of RI International)
Date : Sept 20, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 17:30 – 18:30
Venue : Chamber, 11/F, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Jockey Club Tower, The University of Hong Kong.

Abstract

In 2001, the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan adopted a comprehensive approach to suicide care that they called the Perfect Depression Care initiative—a systematic quality-improvement program that reduced suicide deaths among people receiving care by over 75%. Many of these individuals had a severe and persistent mental illness, and a hazard ratio for suicide 12 to 20 times greater than the general population. Henry Ford pursued defect-free care on each of the dimensions of the quality chasm framework (all care should be safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable).

Today, more than 200 healthcare organizations in the U.S., with others in Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom, have already put Zero Suicide programs in place. What makes these programs different? They are driven by organizational leadership and eschew incremental change and envision “perfect care.” They include individuals with personal experience of suicide attempts in their design and implementation. And, they reject myths that suicide is an inevitable clinical outcome for some individuals.

Mr. Covington will review the history of this international movement, describe its mission and framework and explore the challenges and results. It’s about a new paradigm in suicide care, one in which suicide prevention is a central goal for healthcare systems.

About the speaker

David Covington, LPC, MBA serves as CEO and President of RI International, is a partner in Behavioral Health Link and leads the international initiatives “Crisis Now” and “Zero Suicide.” He is a two-time national winner of the Council of State Governments Innovations Award, in 2008 with the Georgia Crisis & Access Line and again in 2012 with Magellan Health. For five consecutive years, he competed as a national finalist in innovations award competitions, including Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government in 2009, and was featured in Business Week magazine (Innovate Timeline)[davidwcovington.com].

He is an acclaimed global speaker (Where in the World Is? [davidwcovington.com]), with top-ranked TED-style Talks and conference keynotes. Readers of his healthcare innovation blog represent 90 countries. Previously he served as Vice-President at Magellan Health responsible for the administrative, clinical, financial and programmatic operations of the $750 million per year health plan contract with Arizona Medicaid and the Department of Health Services.

Mr. Covington has served on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Executive Committee since it was created in 2010, co-chairing task forces on clinical care and crisis services (Research Publications [davidwcovington.com]). He is the Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline SAMHSA Steering Committee, and served as Vice-Chair from 2005 until 2016. He has served as the Clinical Division Chair of the American Association of Suicidology since 2014. He served on the National Council for Behavioral Health Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014 and the Relias Learning Behavioral Health Advisory Board from 2014 to 2016.

Mr. Covington’s management history also includes CEO of Behavioral Health Link and Director of Public Sector Quality Management at APS Healthcare. He is a licensed professional counselor and has an MBA from Kennesaw State and a Master’s of Science from the University of Memphis. His personal achievements include the 2008 Boston marathon and 2013 Fear Factor [youtube.com].

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Modeling Natural Language Semantics in the Internet Era

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Speaker: Dr. Tin Kam HO (IBM Watson)
Date : Aug 24, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time : 11:00 – 12:30
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, HKJC BIR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam.

Abstract

Computational models of learning for audio-visual signal understanding have attracted new attention. In a broader pursuit of artificial intelligence, similar methods are being pushed to another exciting frontier — modeling the semantics of natural languages, concepts, and thought. I will describe our recent attempts on using algorithms to derive and exploit representations of natural language semantics and concept structures. Such representations provide building blocks for larger learning tasks involving sentiments, discoveries, and reasoning.

Research in this area has benefited from many new resources and computational platforms available only through the Internet. I will discuss how it makes use of big data, crowd sourcing, and web services in a unique way. Fierce competitions in the industry are driving the development of applications quickly around any solid progress. There are rich potentials for broader impact from the resources born out of such competitions.

About the speaker

Dr. TIN KAM HO is a Research Staff Member at IBM Watson, where she works in natural language semantics modeling. Formerly she was with Bell Labs, as a Research Scientist and later as the Head of Statistics and Learning Research Department. She pioneered research in multiple classifier systems, random decision forests, and data complexity analysis, and developed many solutions to problems in reading systems, wireless geo-location, smart grid demand forecasting, and optical networks. Her contributions were recognized by several Bell Labs awards, a Young Scientist Award in 1999, and the Pierre Devijver Award for Statistical Pattern Recognition in 2008. She is an elected Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and the IEEE. She served as Editor and Associate Editor for several journals, and as Editor-in-chief of Pattern Recognition Letters in 2004-2010. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from SUNY at Buffalo in 1992.

 

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Updates on Mental Health Intervention in Mainland China

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Date : June 14, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 10:30 – 12:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.

Topic 1 – Depression Care Management with ICT in China

Speaker : Prof. Shulin CHEN, MD, PhD. Professor at Department of Psychology, Zhejiang University

Abstract

Epidemiological studies indicate that late-life depression is a major public health problem in China and around the world. Under-recognition and under-treatment of mental disorders in older adults, including depression, are extremely common in China. Dr. Chen and his team are utilizing Information and Communication Technologies to improve a depression care management (DCM) in Hangzhou. Dr. Chen will share with the audience how the team developed a mobile mental health solution to empower primary care practitioners to manage depression cases and scale up DCM model around China.

About the speaker

Prof. Shulin CHEN, MD, PhD. Professor at Department of Psychology, Zhejiang University, expertise in geriatric mental health and community-based mental health interventions in China.

Topic 2 – Students Psychological Crisis Intervention in China

Speaker : Dr. Ri-fang CAO, the chief psychiatrist at the Mental Health Center, School of Medicine of Zhejiang University

Abstract

Dr. Cao will report the pilot projects in Hangzhou for student psychological crisis intervention, including: (1) building suicide prevention network for secondary school students, (2) developing routine mental health survey on secondary school students, (3) screening university students’ mental problem, and (4) gatekeeper training programmes.

About the speaker

Dr. Ri-fang CAO is the chief psychiatrist at the Mental Health Center, School of Medicine of Zhejiang University. With his rich clinical experiences in psychiatry and mental health intervention, he is also the secretary-general of Committee of Crisis Intervention, Chinese Association for Mental Health.

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