The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) carries out leading research into the causes and prevention of self-harm and suicide, and collaborates with local and international partners to promote the Public Health Approach to suicide prevention.
The Centre was founded in 2002, and is based at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Hong Kong. In addition to carrying out research and advocacy, the Centre coordinates training and interventions to promote good mental health in the community. It is also Hong Kong’s principle suicide surveillance centre, monitoring self-harm and suicide trends and providing accurate information to media and policymakers.
Globally, suicide takes the lives of nearly one million people each year (one person every 40 seconds), and is the leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds in Hong Kong. CSRP recognises that tackling this problem requires both an individualised approach to supporting those at high risk, and also community wide efforts that address conditions associated with suicidal tendencies and that improve societal wellbeing.
The Centre is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and practitioners with interests including economic inequality, education, population control, media reporting on suicide, and internet usage. The Centre publishes peer-reviewed papers for international journals such as the BMJ and Social Science and Medicine, and is regularly consulted by local and international organisations as an authority on suicide prevention.