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.


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.


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

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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)


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

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。


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




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