The HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 with the theme “Connected for Life.” You are cordially invited to attend and cover this event.
Responding to the student suicide phenomenon, CSRP has worked with Facebook, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), and The Samaritans Hong Kong to edit a booklet, “Help a Friend,” to guide the public how to appropriately help others who are emotionally distressed or even suicidal. Save the Children Hong Kong will also join efforts to promote the booklet. While releasing the booklet at the press conference, CSRP, joined by representatives of social media industry and social service organizations, ask the public to become suicide prevention gatekeepers. By promoting public awareness of suicide prevention and support to vulnerable individuals, we hope the community members, online and offline, will act as good Samaritans to each other and be connected for life. Representatives from different organizations will share their experiences of reaching out and providing support to vulnerable youth.
DETAILS OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE
Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Time: 3:30 pm (Media registration begins at 3:15pm)
Venue: CPD 2.42, Centennial Campus, HKU
Language: Cantonese (English is available for Q&A session)
Moderator: Professor Paul YIP (Director of CSRP, HKU)
|3:30 – 3:40
||Professor Yip delivering latest suicide statistics
|3:40 – 3:45
||Release “Help a Friend” booklet and Video showing
|3:45 – 4:05
- Mr. George CHEN (Head of Public Policy, Hong Kong & Taiwan, Facebook)
- Ms. Siu Man HSU (Supervisor, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups)
- Professor George WOO (Chairman of the Board, The Samaritans)
- Ms. Amy FONG (Chief Executive, Save the Children Hong Kong)
|4:05 – 4:30
ABOUT THE PARTNERS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Facebook was founded in 2004. Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (hkfyg.org.hk | m21.hk) was founded in 1960 and is now the city’s largest youth service organisation. For the last 54 years, it has been committed to serving the youth of Hong Kong through the provision of a variety of services, activities and programmes, which have an annual attendance of over five million. We encourage youth to reach their fullest potential and with community support, we now have over 60 service units. We also have 12 core services, which include the Youth S.P.O.Ts, M21 Multimedia Services, Employment Services, Youth at Risk Services, Counselling Services, Parenting Services, Leadership Training, Volunteer Services, Education Services, Creativity Education and Youth Exchange, Leisure, Cultural and Sports Services, and Research and Publications. We encourage young people to grow into responsible and dutiful citizens and we now have over 170,000 registered volunteers and 410,000 registered members. We believe that our motto “HKFYG • Here for You” reaffirms our commitment and dedication to the young people of Hong Kong.
The Samaritans is a non-profit, non-religious organisation giving confidential emotional support to people who are suicidal or are in emotional or mental distress through our 24-hour hotline and email service. Our service is provided to anyone regardless of age, creed, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation since 1974. Last year, The Samaritans provided hotline service to over 30,000 callers.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Hong Kong and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. We have 30 national organizations working together to deliver programmes in around 120 countries. Save the Children Hong Kong was established in 2009.
Mr. Rickey YAU
Tel.: 2831 5232
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