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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

Press Conference – Connected for Life
「連結關愛 守護生命」新聞發布會

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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)

PROGRAMME:

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 Panel sharing:

  • 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 Q&A session

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.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Mr. Rickey YAU
Tel.: 2831 5232
Email: csrp@hku.hk

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香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心(簡稱「防止自殺研究中心」)將於2016年6月29日(星期三)舉辦以「連結關愛 守護生命」為主題的新聞發布會,誠邀蒞臨報導。

因應近來的學生自殺問題,「防止自殺研究中心」聯合Facebook、香港青年協會(簡稱「青協」)、撒瑪利亞會共同編輯了《有困難,我撐你》指引手冊,並將攜手香港救助兒童會共同推廣。借發佈此手冊之機,「防止自殺研究中心」聯合社交媒體業界及社會服務組織代表,呼籲各界人士都可成為生命的守護者,提高對心理危機的認識,無論是在線上或線下都可多作傾談與表達關愛,守望相助。各與會嘉賓並將分享在各自領域如何主動聯絡青少年,為他們提供支援和幫助。

新聞發布會詳情

日期:2016年6月29日(星期三)
時間:下午3時半(傳媒登記時間︰下午3時15分)
地點:香港大學百週年校園 CPD 2.42
語言:粵語主講(問答環節可使用英文)
主持人:葉兆輝教授(香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心總監)

流程

3:30 – 3:40 葉兆輝教授開幕發言
3:40 – 3:45 發佈《有困難,我撐你》指引手冊並播映關愛短片
3:45 – 4:05 嘉賓分享:

  • 陳澍先生(Facebook香港及台灣公共政策總監)
  • 徐小曼女士(香港青年協會督導主任)
  • 胡志城教授(撒瑪利亞會董事會主席)
  • 方曉明女士(香港救助兒童會總幹事)
4:05 – 4:30 答問環節

關於合作夥伴(按機構英文名稱字母順序排列):

Facebook成立於2004年,致力為大衆提供分享平台,讓世界更開放,聯繫更緊密。通過Facebook,用戶與親友保持聯繫,發掘新鮮資訊,分享生活故事。

香港青年協會 hkfyg.org.hk | m21.hk(簡稱青協)於1960年成立,是香港最具規模的青年服務機構。隨著社會不斷轉變,青年所面對的機遇和挑戰時有不同,而青協一直不離不棄,關愛青年並陪伴他們一同成長。本著以青年為本的精神,我們透過專業服務和多元化活動,培育年青一代發揮潛能,為社會貢獻所長。至今每年使用我們服務的人次已超過500萬。在社會各界支持下,我們全港設有60多個服務單位,全面支援青年人的需要,並提供學習、交流和發揮創意的平台。此外,青協登記會員人數已超過41萬;而為推動青年發揮互助精神、實踐公民責任的青年義工網絡,亦有逾17萬登記義工。在「青協有您需要」的信念下,我們致力拓展12項核心服務,全面回應青年的需要,並為他們提供適切服務,包括:青年空間、M21 媒體服務、就業支援、邊青服務、輔導服務、家長服務、領袖培訓、義工服務、教育服務、創意交流、文康體藝及研究出版。

撒瑪利亞會是一個非牟利、無宗教立場的團體,主要服務是為精神和情緒受困擾或有自殺傾向的人士提供24小時情緒支援熱線和電郵服務。自1974年起,撒瑪利亞會服務本港社群的所有人士,不論其年齡、宗教信仰、種族、性別、性別認同或性傾向,撒瑪利亞會均盡力提供協助。去年,撒瑪利亞提供超過三萬個求助電話。

救助兒童會相信每個孩子都值得擁有未來。在香港及世界各地,我們予兒童一個健康生命的開始、學習的機會及免受傷害的保護。我們致力為每日受危難影響的兒童而努力,以改變他們的生命及分享我們的未來。我們全球的30個辦事處於120多個國家進行救緩工作,而救助兒童會香港辦事處於2009年成立。

傳媒查詢

邱世邦先生(Rickey YAU)
電話︰2831 5232
電郵︰csrp@hku.hk

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Press Conference – From Compensation to Rehabilitation
不止賠償 更要「重返工作」

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From Compensation to Rehabilitation

A Social Review of the Employees’ Compensation Insurance System in Hong Kong
Research Findings Release

In Hong Kong, about 200 fatal and 55,000 to 60,000 non-fatal cases resulting from work-related accidents and diseases have been recorded each year. Occupational rehabilitation with an emphasis on early and comprehensive intervention immediately after injuries has demonstrated to be the international best practice in disability management post occupational injuries. The practice, however, has not beenProfessor Paul Yip listened attentively during the Q&A session widely adopted in Hong Kong. To have an understanding of the underlying reasons, the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP), Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has conducted a consultancy project jointly with the Employees’ Compensation Insurance Residual Scheme Bureau (ECIRSB) to review the Employees’ Compensation system for local workers.

The CSRP held a press conference on 14 Dec 2015 to release its latest research findings and recommendations from the project on restoring the well-being of injured workers. Press release is available in both English and Chinese. The Powerpoint presentation is available in Chinese.

At the press conference, Professor Paul Yip presented the latest statistics on work-related deaths and injuries in Hong Kong, and on compensation insurance claims, such as the demographic characteristics of the workers who filed insurance claims, the types of common injuries, and number of working days lost from injury. He also spoke about the major problems in the current system, namely a compensation-focused culture and the physical and psychological barriers that hinder the success of return-to-work for injured workers, such as stress from family and employers, and the loss of self-esteem. Recognizing the challenges encountered by injured workers on the road of recovery, professor Yip stressed the importance of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies and called for a collaborative effort of building a worker-centered system.

DSC00037Doctor Sheung Wai Law, an honorary clinical associate professor from the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), shared a success story of implementing a multidisciplinary rehabilitation model with the focus on early intervention – the  Multidisciplinary Orthopedics Rehabilitation Empowerment (MORE) Programme. This programme has demonstrated great success in facilitating early and safe return-to-work for injured workers. With the positive impacts brought by the MORE programme, the project hopes to initiate efforts of expanding the programme, so more injured workers can gain access.

Last but not least, the CSRP would like to express gratitude to all the stakeholders who contributed to the project and those who provided utmost support for the project’s effort in propelling meaningful changes for workers health and social well-being of Hong Kong.

Press Conference WSPD 2015 – Update

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CSRP marked the World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2015 with a press conference on Sept 9. Besides speaking to the latest suicide statistics in Hong Kong, the director of CSRP, Professor Paul Yip, highlighted youths mental health problems in his address this year.  In response to the theme for WSPD this year, “Reaching Out & Inspiring Lives”, two youths and their social workers were invited to speak about their experiences with online outreach services targeted at youths. With support by their social workers, the two youths were able to overcome their psychological barriers to seek help and face challenges head on. Both youth clients made great progress since they started receiving support, and are now passing on the message of hope to others. The speakers’ experiences were inspiring to many to do their part in reaching out and saving lives.

Press Conference – WSPD 2015

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Reaching Out & Inspiring Lives
2015 World Suicide Prevention Day Press Conference

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 (Wednesday) with theme “Reaching Out and Inspiring Lives”. The press conference is co-organized by the Boys and Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and Caritas Youth and Community Service. The full press release is available for download in Chinese and English.

Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai, Director of the Centre, will at the conference present the latest suicide statistics for Hong Kong, and talk about new strategies for suicide prevention and intervention by better allocation of community resources. The presentation aims to promote public awareness and respect for the needs of people in society, and to encourage acts of reaching out and helping others. Two youths who had had suicidal thoughts will share on how they finally overcame the mental barrier to seek help from others, and how they have worked to help people in return. Their social workers will talk about services for youths.

The CSRP is calling on all sectors of society to care about people with different needs and help bring hope to life.

Date: September 9, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 2 pm (Media registration starts at 1:30 pm).
Venue: Studio 1, 2/F, HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, HK
Language: Cantonese (English is available for Q&A session).

Speakers (By alphabetical order of the surnames):

Ah Ho (Alias, Service user)
LUI, Humphrey (Counsellor, The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong)
Wang Shue (Alias, Service user)
WONG, Eddie (Registered Social Worker, Caritas – Hong Kong Cyber Youth Outreaching Project – Infinity Teens)
YIP, Paul (Director, CSRP HKU)

Presentation at press conference is available for download in Chinese and English .

Program:

2:00 – 2:05 Professor Paul Yip releases the latest suicide rates in Hong Kong
2:05 – 2:35 Youths share experiences of battling suicidal ideation with social support. Their social workers share views on reaching out to those in need.
2:35 – 2:45 Professor Yip releases the centre’s recent research findings including:

  • Ÿ   Hong Kong youth’s mental health problems
  • Ÿ   The relationship between suicide and allocation of community resources
2:45 – 3:15 Q&A session

About the Co-organizers

The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) was founded in 1936. With the mission “Nurture the Young Create the Future’, the Association strives to provide children, youth and their families with various and professional services to nurture their growth. The Association will continue to strive and to create a child-friendly environment for the children and youth. As one of the most reputable NGOs in Hong Kong, we have 75 service units located across the territory and on the mainland, having over 51,226 registered members with 848,267 core attendance.

Caritas Youth and Community Service (CYCS) carries the mission to foster holistic development in the youth and the community through understanding, caring, participating and undertaking of responsibilities. CYCS encourages the youth to participate and build up a sense of responsibility to themselves and the community. This promotes mutual aid and eventually integration in the community. To realize its mission, CYCS provides a wide range of services for children, adolescents and the community at large. Examples include, Community Centres, Integrated Service Centres for Young People, District Youth Outreaching Social Work Services, Children and Youth Centres, School Social Work Services, School Support Services, Counselling Centres for Psychotropic Substance Abusers, Libraries and Study Rooms and After School Care Programme.

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