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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︰


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  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。



Introducing Well-being in Hong Kong

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The HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) is pleased to introduce a new website, Well-being in Hong Kong, which aims to be a platform for research, opinion, and guidance on how to make communities healthier and happier. 

Well-being in Hong Kong aims to engage stakeholders on a number of levels. On a policy level, it will highlight relevant academic literature on mental health and well-being from Hong Kong and internationally. In doing so, it aims to facilitate debate and discussion about how the conditions for well-being can be realised, and encourage knowledge exchange between academics and policymakers. 

The website also aims to engage with stakeholders on a more individual level, recognising that social change depends on personal change. It will offer well-being tips from the CSRP, and provide surveys and tools that can be used at home and in educational settings. We are also inviting the wider community to share their experiences and impressions of well-being through the Journey of Mind section. 

For the launch, the website features several articles exploring issues as diverse as youth withdrawal and isolation, workplace injuries, and social support for those out of work. In the near future, we’re planning to discuss well-being in education, and how schools and colleges are taking steps to ward off stress and to strengthen the resilience of young people. 

Uniting all of these issues are the underlying questions of what well-being is, and how we can prioritise and promote well-being in our communities and society. And to help us all avoid becoming too stressed by the challenges that lie ahead, we’re also launching with a ‘well-being bite’ exploring the subject of gratitude, and inviting website visitors to take a survey to see if they are taking enough time to appreciate the things that we can already be grateful for. 

Above all, the website aims to engage and interact the broader community. The CSRP is therefore inviting contributions and comments from all those that want to make Hong Kong, and the wider world, a happier place to live. We’re also looking for designers and creative people to participate in our logo competition, with a number of prizes for winning entries. So please visit the website, take a look at the features and reach out to us via the comments, Journey of Mind, or Contact section. 


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研究指出,一個有自我傷害行為的人背後極可能面對著不同的挑戰。例如正在經歷多種的負面情緒 (Hasking et al., 2008),缺乏社交支援及人際關係不理想 (Toprak et al., 2011),而自殺的風險亦比一般人高 (Nock et al., 2006)。美國則有學者指出,大部分有自我傷害行為的青少年人在童年時曾經歷過情感虐待或家庭暴力 (Brodsky, Cloitre, & Dulit, 1995; Perry, & Herman, 1991)。自我傷害行為在青少年中頗為常見。在心理學的角度,自我傷害行為被視為宣洩或逃避負面情緒的一種方法。

換個角度想,青少年人將有關自我傷害的照片上載到社交網站的目的,也許是沉默的吶喊,也許是求救的訊號 (a call for help),也許是希望得到一份關心及一個問候。自我傷害固然不是大家希望看到的事情,我們亦不知道在自我傷害背後有多少故事及眼淚。無情的指責和批評非但不能制止當事人的自我傷害行為,反而可能令其受到更大打擊,感受到更多社會孤立(social isolation),令其自我傷害乃至自殺的風險加劇。倘若希望糾正自我傷害行為,何不多走一步,問一下當事人遭遇了什麼困難,用心理解對方的經歷和情緒,幫他/她將困難用言語,而非自我傷害的方法表達出來。一句譏諷,或許成為壓死駱駝的最後一根稻草;一句問侯,卻或許可以挽救一條生命。預防自殺,傳遞關愛,你我也可出一點力。 #WeCare #與你同行


Brodsky, B. S., Cloitre, M., & Dulit, R. A. (1995). Relationship of Dissociation to Self-Mutilation and Childhood Abuse in Borderline Personality Disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 152(12), 1788-1792

Hasking H., Momeni R., Swannell S., & Chia S. (2008). The nature and extent of non-suicidal self-injury in a non-clinical sample of young adults. Archives of Suicide Research, 12, 208-218

Nock M., Joiner T., Gordon K., Lloyd-Richardson E., and Prinstein M. (2006). Non-suicidal self-injury: diagnostic correlates and relation to suicide attempts. Psychiatry Research, 144, 65-72


CSRP Responding to No-Suicide Contract 有關「不自殺契約」的爭議

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英國預防自殺的學者Tony White指出,前線的輔導專家在使用「不自殺契約」的同時,必須明白契約背後的理論才能發揮其功效(White, 2011)。「不自殺契約」不單止是一份文件,在使用此契約時,專家應與求助者共同討論有關個人責任 (Concept of personal responsibility)、契約的意義 (Theory of contracts)及早期決定的理論 (Theory of early decisions)。契約本身能否有效減低自殺的機率雖然具爭議性,可貴的是在輔導及簽訂契約的過程中,前線輔導人員與求助者同行並讓其感受到被關懷。假若沒有關愛,契約也只不過是一份冷冰冰的文件。

近半年所發生的學生輕生事件實在令人痛心疾首。雖然不一定每人都能為預防自殺走到最前線,但培養關愛氣氛,關心身邊的親友,絕對是你我也能做得到的事。如欲獲得更多資訊,請瀏覽本中心 #與你同行 #WeCare網頁。

*White, T. (2011). Working with suicidal individuals: A guide to providing understanding, assessment and support