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Using the Satisfaction With Life Scale as Social Impact Measurement

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Nowadays, social service agencies are increasingly subjected to pressures to conduct evidence-based program evaluations. While typically, by convention these assessments were output based, nonetheless, stakeholders (i.e., the impact investors, donors, public funders, private sectors) increasingly look beyond this standard and request for demonstration of the social outcomes created. Interests and attention have been rising on the use of Social Impact Measurement (“SIM”) to measure the social impact of a project.

In this article we explain why subjective well-being measures, such as the measure of life satisfaction, can be one of the appropriate measures for SIM. Second, we provide statistics of the local population scores on life satisfaction from a recent population survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong. This article have practice implications for SIM in the Hong Kong setting.

Download the article here. 

Chan Chee Hon, The University of Hong Kong
Ted Kwan, Fullness Social Enterprises Society

WeCare Fund 2017 for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects

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WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Project is conducted by The Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. The Fund aims to encourage students to organise, initiate, and implement mental health related projects at university campuses with the support of professional advisors. Through these projects, we hope to nurture positive emotions at campuses and to enhance awareness of mental health issues among youths.

With the generous support of Ms Beatrice Mok, Founder of Community Partner Foundation, the project invited applications from students and tertiary institutions from June to August 2017. Eleven selected projects had been successfully funded and completed at 10 tertiary institutions by July 2018. An award ceremony was held on the 31st January, 2019. Best Practice Award was awarded to four projects. They were all granted with additional HK$30,000 to sustain and expand their projects. An in-depth news reporting of the project can be found at : 【走出傷痛】富商八年前輕生 遺孀首開腔憶傷痛:當時很多signal

Best Practice Award was awarded to (not in any order):

WeCare About You – Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
Always by your side – The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Heart to heart -The University of Hong Kong
Open Care, Open Heart – The Open University of Hong Kong

Certificates of Appreciation was awarded to (not in any order):

Take it easy – Chinese University of Hong Kong
Other ways out – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Here we are – Shue Yan University
Shed it off – Tung Wah College
The Empathy Production The University of Hong Kong
Joyful Ambassador– IVE- Hawking Wong Branch
Mental Health Program 2017 – Hong Kong College of Technology

Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “Open Up” Official Launch Ceremony &
2018 Hong Kong Youth Mental Health and Internet Usage Survey Release

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Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “Open Up” is the first 24/7 operated online-crisis support service targeting youth between 11-35 years old. Help-seekers can chat with counsellors via popular social media platforms including WeChat and the official web portal regarding their study, family, work and relational induced emotional distress. This project is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and operates in conjunction with three leading youth non-profit organisations, namely, Caritas-Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.

Together, a kickoff ceremony will be held on October 7, 2018 (Sunday) at the University of Hong Kong campus in the presence of the officiating guest – the Hon Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration.

Following the launch ceremony, the Chairman of the “Open Up” programme, Prof. Paul Yip, Director of CSRP, HKU will release youth’s usage of social media and their help seeking behavior in relation to their mental health status from the latest research and data analysis.  A user of online service will also share his experience of how he was supported by counselling online and the why he selected online option over others.  A volunteer will share her experience and gains from the “Open Up” programme.

Members of the press are cordially invited to attend the Launch Ceremony and Press Release with details as follows:

Date: October 7, 2018 (Sunday)
Venue: 3/F, The Jockey Club Tower, CPD 3.28, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong (map)

Launch Ceremony 11:00 – 11:40 AM  (Media registration starts at 10:30)

Officiating guests: Hon. Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration
Representative of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Dr. Steven J. Cannon, Executive Vice President, The University of Hong Kong
Language: Majority of the ceremony will be in Cantonese

Press Release  11:45 AM – 12:30PM

Speaker: Prof. Paul S.F. Yip, Chair Professor of Social Work and Social Administration; Director of Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU
Language: Cantonese with English supplementary materials (English is available for Q&A session)

Notes to Press

  • Entry into the venue during speeches and launch ceremony is not allowed.

Download official Press Release (English) here.
Download Press Release Slides here.

賽馬會青少年情緒健康網上支援平台 – 「Open噏」是全港首個全天候24小時為11至35歲青年提供情緒支援服務的網上平台,求助者可以利用文字訊息,透過社交媒體,包括WeChat以及計劃的官方網站進入平台與輔導員傾談,共同面對來自學業、家庭、工作、人際關係等引致的情緒困擾。計劃得到香港賽馬會慈善信託基金贊助及香港大學防止自殺研究中心支持,由香港明愛、香港青年協會及香港小童群益會共同營運。


啟動禮後,本計劃主席香港大學賽馬會防止自殺研究中心總監葉兆輝教授將報告最新研究數據及分析,當中包括青年使用網絡及社交媒體情況和青年求助行為與心理健康的關連。 在分享環節,一名使用網上輔導的青年將分享如何在服務中獲得支持,以及他選擇網上輔導而非其他傳統服務的原因,另有一名「Open噏」義工將分享參與計劃的經驗及服務過程中的得著。


日期        :2018年10月7日(星期日)
時間        :上午11點
地點        :香港薄扶林香港大學百周年校園賽馬會教學樓3樓CPD 3.28(請參閱地圖指示)

啟動禮 早上11:00 – 11:40  (傳媒招待於10:30AM開始)

主禮嘉賓: 政務司司長 張建宗, 大紫荊勳賢, GBS, JP
語言: 主要以粵語進行

調查發布會 早上11:45 – 12:30

講者: 香港大學社會工作及社會行政學系講座教授 及
語言: 主要以粵語進行,並有英文資料補充(問答環節可用英語)


  • 演講和啟動儀式進行時,不能進入場地。


Working Together to Prevent Suicide
同心協力 防止自殺
2018 World Suicide Prevention Day Press Conference

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September 10 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 10 (Monday) with the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”.

Professor Paul YIP Siu-fai, Director of the Centre, will present the latest suicide statistics for Hong Kong and explain the findings at the conference. CSRP has been working closely with popular YouTubers to co-create videos on suicide prevention. We hope to connect the vulnerable youth through social media, and raise awareness of the general public, especially the youth on the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. It is our honor to invite Asha Cuthbert (YouTube channel: ASHA ETC), one of the YouTubers of the project, to share her thoughts and feelings about the collaborative suicide prevention project.

Details of the press conference are as follows:

Date: September 10, 2018 (Monday)
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 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)


2:30 – 2:50 Professor Yip (Director of CSRP) releases the latest suicide figures in Hong Kong
2:50 – 3:10 Asha Cuthbert (YouTuber) shares her experiences on developing suicide prevention videos
3:10 – 3:20 Professor Yip concludes the event
3:20 – 3:30 Q&A session

About HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP), HKU

Founded in 2002, 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. 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

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「中心」)將於2018年9月10日(星期一)舉辦「同心協力 防止自殺」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數據,並講解最近的研究成果。中心正聯同一些形象正面的YouTubers去製作預防自殺影片及舉辦活動,旨在透過社交媒體的力量去連繫有情緒困擾的青少年,及令大眾,尤其青少年對預防自殺及精神健康的意識。我們有幸邀請到Asha Cuthbert (YouTube channel: ASHA ETC) 去分享對於這個預防自殺計劃的想法和感受。


地點:香港沙宣道5號賽馬會跨學科研究大樓2樓Studio 3-4 (請參閱地圖指示)


2:30 – 2:50 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
2:50 – 3:10 Asha Cuthbert (YouTuber) 分享製作預防自殺短片的經驗和感受
3:10 – 3:20 葉兆輝教授:總結
3:20 – 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︰