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致傳媒同仁的一封信

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致各位傳媒同仁,

  最近發生多宗自殺個案,如本星期初的年輕夫婦雙亡案,學生自殺案及今天剛發生於擎天半島的青年墮樓案,我們深感擔憂,估測貴報明日或會刊出詳細報導,特發此信謹作溫馨提醒。

  我們理解傳媒或許認為事件有新聞價值,需要報導。但懇請注意,在自殺悲劇面前,每位家人都是傷心人,請傳媒本著同理心與人道主義精神,勿要過分渲染事件。建議傳媒從預防角度多做報導,更多呼籲身處困境的人士尋求並接受專業的幫助。

  時值剛剛開學,近日已有數宗學生自殺。許多研究亦證實過度聳動及煽情的報導可引致傳染效應。為免造成模仿效應,請傳媒避免將此新聞擺在頭版或網站的顯著位置,避免刊登動畫、視頻、或圖片去呈現自殺細節。讓我們都行多一步,保護我們的社區。

  我們理解社會上很多人關心自殺的問題,亦尊重傳媒的報導自由,謹在報導方式方面與閣下商討。我們了解到自殺的新聞會令高危者感覺自殺是一種解決問題的方法,這種認知極需我們去糾正。有鑑於此,我們懇請各位傳媒朋友能再多貢獻一點力量,例如:

  1. 避免以顯著、聳動的方式報導自殺新聞,避免刊於頭版或網站的顯著位置,亦避免使用特大字體標題;
  2. 避免簡化自殺原因,避免將自殺與某些困境(如學業壓力、身體疾病等)之間建立刻板關聯,以免更多人用死來應對自己的困境;
  3. 避免美化自殺死者,相反地,更多鼓勵別人去求助,求助才是勇敢地面對困難。亦都可以鼓勵民眾,如留意到有人有自殺意圖,可以主動帶領對方求助。
  4. 報導自殺新聞時請盡量避免報導自殺者姓名、身分、年齡等個人信息,以免對自殺死者家屬造成困擾。通常自殺死者家屬亦都處於較高的自殺風險,我們需格外關注他們的精神狀況。

  我們呼籲閣下及其他傳媒同仁與我們一起,保持同理心,積極地為預防自殺出力,防止悲劇發生。感謝您對此事的關注,我們很樂意在報導自殺案件上有更多的討論和合作,如需進一步之資料,請不吝與我們聯繫。

葉兆輝
香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心總監

Take a Minute, Change a Life
以一分鐘,改變一生
2017 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 8 (Friday) with the theme “Take a Minute, Change a Life” to raise public awareness of suicide prevention.

Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai, CSRP Director, will present the latest suicide statistics for Hong Kong and explain the findings. CSRP earlier held a one-minute video competition with the theme of “Take a Minute, Change a Life” to encourage members of the community to participate in suicide prevention, in particular, to support the high-risk individuals. Members of the public were invited to share their personal experiences through a video. CSRP will announce the champion, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up at the press conference. The awardees have been selected by public voting and panel evaluation. One of the voters has won the lucky draw for voting.

Details of the press conference are as follows:

Date: September 8, 2017 (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 (map)
Language: Cantonese (English is available for Q&A session)

Program:

2:30 – 2:45 Professor Yip (Director of CSRP) presents the latest suicide figures in Hong Kong
2:45 – 3:00 “Take a Minute, Change a Life” One-minute Video Competition Prize-giving Ceremony
3:00 – 3:10 Concluding remarks by Professor Yip
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 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(中心)將於9月8日(星期五)舉辦「以一分鐘,改變一生」為主題的新聞發布會。

中心總監葉兆輝教授將於會上報告最新的香港自殺率數據及人口分佈特徵,並介紹中心最新的研究成果。為推動社會參與防止自殺工作,中心早前舉辦「以一分鐘,改變一生」一分鐘短片比賽,邀請公眾人士分享與防止自殺有關的個人經歷,尤其是支持有自殺風險人士走出困境的經驗。比賽經公眾投票和評審相議選出冠軍、亞軍和季軍,一位投票人士在抽獎中勝出。大會將於會上公布比賽結果,並頒獎給得獎者。

新聞發布會詳情如下:

日期:2017年9月8日(星期五)
時間:下午2時30分(傳媒登記時間︰下午2時15分)
地點:香港沙宣道5號賽馬會跨學科研究大樓2樓Studio 3-4 (請參閱地圖
語言:粵語主講,問答環節可使用英文

流程

2:30 – 2:45 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
2:45 – 3:00 「以一分鐘,改變一生」一分鐘短片比賽頒獎典禮
3:00 – 3:10 葉兆輝教授: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(本中心)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。本中心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。

按此下載官方新聞稿(中文)
按此下載發布會投影片檔案

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

WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects-Best Practice Award Presentation Ceremony
《與你同行》資助計劃 – 由學生主導的防止青年自殺計劃頒獎典禮

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    WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Project (the project) is the very first cross-institutional student initiated suicide prevention project conducted by The Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (the Centre). The Fund aims to encourage students, with the support of professional advisors, to organise, initiate, and implement mental health related projects at university campuses, and through the projects to nurture positive emotions at campuses and to enhance awareness of mental health issues among youths. Read More