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Overcoming the Barriers to Suicide Prevention

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Seminar 5 Nov 2015

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Speaker : Dr. Eric D. Caine
Date : Nov 5, 2015 (Thursday)
Time : 10:00 – 11:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, BIR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam.

Abstract

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 for about a decade and in 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 that, at once, address the needs of both large contributing groups and high-risk individuals; reach across the life course; and are driven by powerful community, health system, and governmental forces.  They will require carefully crafted public health initiatives that reach far ‘upstream’ while also dealing with persons on the ‘edge of death.’  While suicide most often is viewed from the perspectives of individuals who have killed themselves, these deaths are drawn from among diverse groups and populations who share many common characteristics.  Effective prevention programs must, by necessity, address the diversity of these groups even as it is essential meet the needs of individuals suffering great distress.  Suicide prevention must be built as a mosaic; no single piece will convey the entire picture.

The fractured state of suicide prevention efforts reflects the many challenges that must be addressed and barriers overcome in order to build a comprehensive set of approach – what might be called a “full court press” 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 (e.g., deaths arising from drug overdose).  The presentation will consider promoting effective, broadly based coalitions; the opportunities from forging synergies among diverse groups; and the very 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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To Compare is to Despair? A Population-Wide Study of Neighborhood Composition and Suicide

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Seminar 9 Oct

Speaker : Dr. Ka-Yuet LIU
Date : Oct 9, 2015 (Friday)
Time : 12:30 – 13:30
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, BIR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam.

Abstract

The suicide risk associated with an individual attribute depends on the context. Eight hypotheses about the interactions between neighborhood composition and country-of-origin, income and socially disadvantaged propositions are proposed based on social support, social comparison and regulation mechanisms. They are tested with a population-based dataset of all 1.4 million adults who lived in the greater Stockholm area in the 1990s. Results from multilevel analyses show that the effects of socio-demographic characteristics on suicide vary with neighborhood composition. The results suggest that neighborhood contexts adversely affect the suicide risk of some while they reduce the risk of the others. The results have implications on policy debates on rising income inequality, increased numbers of migrants and people living in poverty – phenomena that are found in Hong Kong as well as in other countries.

About the speaker

Ka-Yuet Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Her research examines the diffusion of behaviors and non-contagious diseases. She joined UCLA in 2012 after working at Columbia University, New York. Her recent publications focus on the rising prevalence of autism. Her paper “Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic” published in the American Journal of Sociology, won the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology. Her doctorate research conducted at the University of Oxford focused on the effects of social interactions on suicide. Liu was named a Hellman Fellow (2014-15) for her research on the diffusion of non-medical exemptions to school vaccine requirements in California.

 

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A “Latte Index” – A Reflection of Income Disparity and Social Mobility

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Date: May 8 2015
Feature Speaker: Professor Paul YIP

The latte index measures how many lattes can be brought by an hour of minimum wage. It somehow reflects the purchasing power and quality of life of an ordinary worker. We shall illustrate the latte index for Hong Kong and other countries and discuss its implications. The income disparity and social mobility especially among the youth will be discussed. Read More

Who is Happier in Hong Kong: Those Earning More or Giving More?

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Date: May 22 2015
Feature Speaker: Dr. Qijin CHENG

 

To improve the public understanding and awareness on the relationship between poverty and mental well-being, a series of seminars is held by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Cheng presented the relationship between giving, earning, and happiness.

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Poverty and Well-being in Hong Kong: A Spatial Analysis

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Date: May 29 2015
Feature Speaker: Dr. Shusen CHANG

To improve the public understanding and awareness on the relationship between poverty and mental well-being, a series of seminars is held by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong. In the fourth and the last seminar of the series, Dr. Chang presented a spatial analysis on poverty and well-being, which examined the geography of poverty and suicide and their association in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Gini index, which was an internationally commonly used measure of income disparity, increased from 0.476 in 1991 to 0.537 in 2011 according to the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) based on household income statistics from past censuses. According to the Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2012 published by the Hong Kong Government, the poverty line in Hong Kong was set based on the idea of relative poverty and data collected from the General Household Survey. Individuals of a household would be defined as living under the poverty line if the household income was below 50% of the median monthly household income.

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