Social Media for Social Good [Talk 3]

By February 23, 2017Events, Project Update

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。