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




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Symposium on Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau: Challenges and Way-forward

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It is estimated that 1.35 million people, that is one-fifth of the population in Hong Kong are living below the poverty line (Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2016). While the Hong Kong government has spent considerable resources to reduce the number of households living in poverty, the widening poverty gap and increases in the number of older-adult and single-parent households has resulted in a group of households trapped in poverty. To address these challenges, The Symposium on Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau aims at bringing together local, and regional scholars to examine the poverty situation in the cross-strait region and to identify effective poverty alleviation measures and strategies.

Date: 6th July 2018 (Friday)
Time: 15:30 to 17:45
Venue: Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong (Map)
Language: English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation service provided)
Enquiry: Contact Ms. Carmen LAI at 9790-4529 or email to
Registration: (Seats are limited and please register on or before 1st July)

**All are welcome**


Time Schedule Speaker Download
1500-1530 Registration
1530-1545 How to overcome problems of economic inequality in Hong Kong Guest of Honor: The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP
1545-1610 Effects on precise poverty alleviation strategy in Mainland China and its development plan in future Professor ZHANG Qi
1610-1635 Poverty in Taiwan: A profile in the new century Professor James HSUEH
1635-1700 Poverty alleviation strategy for elderly population in Macau, SAR Dr. Kin-sun CHAN
1700-1715 Poverty in Hong Kong: Challenges and opportunities Professor Paul YIP
1715-1745 Discussion Moderator: Dr ZHANG-yi

* Tea reception will be arranged at 15:00.


The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP
Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR Government

How to overcome problems of economic inequality in Hong Kong

Mr Cheung has been Chief Secretary for Administration since January 2017. He joined the Hong Kong Government as an Information Officer in July 1972. He transferred to the Administrative Service in September 1979 and was promoted to Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2004. He had served in various policy bureaux and departments, including the former Finance Branch, the Home Affairs Department, the former City and New Territories Administration, the former Government House, the former Industry Department, the former Trade Department, the Financial Secretary’s Office, the Judiciary and the Central Policy Unit. He became Commissioner for Labour in January 1999, the Director of Education in June 2000 and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour in July 2002. He was Secretary for Labour and Welfare from July 2007 to January 2017.

Professor ZHANG Qi
School of Economics and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University

Effects on precise poverty alleviation strategy in China and its development plan in future


Forty years of the reform and opening of the Mainland have made remarkable achievements in poverty alleviation. Especially since 2013, according to the national strategic goal of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020, the plan of ensuring “all populations in rural areas are lifted from poverty under current standards, poverished counties lose this label, and problems with regional poverty are essentially solved” is a new exploration for modern China in the practice of poverty alleviation. This study will investigate and analyze the development of China’s precise poverty alleviation and top design, objectively and comprehensively evaluate the results it has achieved and new problems, priorities and challenges faced, and project the future direction of China’s development and poverty alleviation.

Professor ZHANG Qi is a professor and the party secretary of the School of Economic and Resource Management at Beijing Normal University. Professor ZHANG has many years of research experience in agriculture land estate development, poverty alleviation and regional economic development. He has chaired about 80 poverty alleviation related research topics in the country and provinces, has published about 30 monographs and presented approximately 300 theses. Professor ZHANG is China’s well-known land policy and poverty alleviation research expert, and the Director of China Poverty Reduction Research Center at Beijing Normal University. The Center is China’s leading think tank in poverty alleviation policy research and is ranked seventh in the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’ most influential think tank on precision poverty alleviation research.

Professor James, Cherng-Tay, HSUEH
Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University

Poverty in Taiwan: A profile in the new century


  1. To describe the poverty trend in Taiwan in the new century, including a) poverty rates (as below a half of median disposable income as OECD usually defined) of different family types and age groups, b) Social Assistance Act and Low Income Household and Population.
  2. To introduce anti-poverty measures in Taiwan during the global financial Crisis.

Professor Cherng-Tay HSUEH, James is a professor of the Department of Sociology at the National Taiwan University. Professor HSUEH completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, US. His research interests are in the area of social stratification, social demography, family, welfare policy and sociology of education. He has written and published a book on the changing population of Taiwan in 2016. He was the Director of the Center for Population and Gender Studies, and the Children and Family Research Center at the National Taiwan University.

Dr. Kin-sun CHAN
Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau

Poverty Alleviation Strategy for Elderly Population in Macau


Compared with Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Macau is a micro and open economy, so it is more difficult for Macau SAR Government to deliver poverty alleviation strategy.  Despite revenue contraction in the 26 consecutive months from 2014 – 2016, Macau SAR Government still pay attention to build up a sustainable public retirement benefit system, like the sustainability of Social Security Fund (Public Pension System of Macau, the 1st pillar pension system) and the introduction of voluntary saving pension system (the 2nd pillar pension system). The paper is to review the historical development of Social Security Fund and the present public retirement benefit system.  Nowadays, the meaning of poverty alleviation is not just sustainable living, but also development, social inclusion and precision.  In order to deliver “New” poverty alleviation strategy for elderly population, Macau SAR Government studies or implements various measures, like elderly employment, smart healthcare (i.e. electronic healthcare voucher scheme) and pension finance (i.e. reverse mortgage and annuity).  The paper is to use the results of two telephone surveys to explore the feasibility of delay retirement and pension finance, as well as, the development of smart healthcare in Macau.

CHAN, Kin-sun is Programme Coordinator of Master of Public Administration and Assistant Professor of Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau, as well as, Chairman of Macau Social Security Society.  He is also Research Fellow of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, besides, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.

Professor Paul YIP
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Poverty in Hong Kong: Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Paul YIP is the Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, and the chair professor in Population Health at the university’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong. His interests include suicide prevention, population health, poverty research, demography and social policy, and program evaluation. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government’s Steering Committee on Population Policy. He has published over 400 scientific papers in international journals.

Institute of Population and Labor Economics, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Dr. Zhang is a researcher with multidisciplinary background in urban planning, economics, and social work. He has received undergraduate training (BSc and BEcon) in Peking University and postgraduate training (PhD) in the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Zhang has a wide research interest in poverty alleviation, demographic transition, urban studies, and suicide prevention.


地點:香港大學百週年校園 賽馬會教學樓 11樓 社會科學院 會議廳 (地圖)
查詢:9790-4529 或黎小姐)
登記 (座位有限,請於7月1日或以前登記留座)



時間 內容 講者 下載
1500-1530 登記進場
1530-1545 香港如何面對貧富懸殊的挑戰 主禮嘉賓
1545-1610 中國精準扶貧方略實施成效及未來發展趨勢 張琦教授
1610-1635 貧窮在台灣:新世紀的概況 薛承泰教授
1635-1700 澳門老年人口之扶貧策略 陳建新博士
1700-1715 香港貧窮問題:挑戰與機遇 葉兆輝教授
1715-1745 研究座談 主持:張一博士

* 茶點招待將安排在下午3時開始


張建宗司長, 大紫荊勳賢, GBS, JP
香港特別行政區政府 政務司司長



北京師範大學 經濟與資源管理研究院





臺灣大學 社會學系










香港大學 社會工作及社會行政學系



葉教授在香港亦參與多項公共及社會服務,包括現任香港家庭計劃指導會榮譽顧問、The Asian Population Association秘書長等。並且曾任「防止學生自殺委員會」主席、香港特別行政區中央政策組非全職顧問,對香港人口發展提出策略性意見。葉教授有超過400篇的學術著作於國際期刊刊登。

中國社會科學院 人口與勞動經濟研究所



2017 香港助人指數發布會
2017 Hong Kong Altruism Index Release

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3:00 – 3:20 葉兆輝教授(本中心總監):公布最新關於助人指數的調查結果
3:20 – 3:30 嘉賓分享自身經歷
3:30 – 3:45 傳媒提問




周大福慈善基金是由鄭裕彤博士及其家族成員於2012 年創立的私人基金會,致力與不同的非牟利慈善團體合作,藉著撥款支持慈善公益項目,為社會上有需要的群體提供資源及發展機會,提升個人能力,累積社會資本,期望可推動社會持續發展。周大福慈善基金所資助的項目涵蓋不同範疇,包括教育及培訓、精神健康、社區服務、醫療衛生、兒童及青少年服務、長者創齡項目及緊急援助等。近年更積極與香港及國內的非牟利慈善機構、學術機構、甚至其它家族基金會等合作,撥款支持不同項目,使有需要群體獲得即時和持續的幫助。

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The HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (the Centre) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is holding a press conference on June 19 (Tuesday) to present its latest research results on altruism and well-being.

The Centre established the Altruism Index for Hong Kong and first released the results in 2014. Much attention from the public was gained. Subsequently, territory-wide telephone panel surveys were conducted in 2016 and 2017. Professor Paul YIP Siu-fai, Director of the Centre, will present the latest findings on the Altruism and Well-being research project at the conference. A volunteer will also share personal experiences in helping others. The project is funded by Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation for the promotion of altruism in the community.

Details of the press conference are as follows:

Date:      June 19, 2018 (Tuesday)
Time:      3:00 pm (Media registration starts at 2:45 pm)
Venue:    CPD-2.37, 2/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (Direction enclosed)
Language: Cantonese (English is available for the Q&A session)


3:00 – 3:20 Professor Yip to announce the recent research findings on Altruism Index
3:20 – 3:30 Experience sharing by guest
3:30 – 3:45 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.

About Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation

Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (“CTFCF”) is a private family foundation founded by Dr. Cheng Yu-tung and his family members in 2012. CTFCF has actively supported charitable causes through partnering and grant-making to different non-profit making organisations, to provide opportunities and resources to the underprivileged, to empower individuals and to promote sustainable community development. CTFCF funds a range of projects including Education and Training, Mental Wellness, Community Services, Health Care and Ageing Innovation. In recent years, CTFCF has been collaborating with NGOs, academic institutions and other family charitable foundations for a range of projects to provide immediate, ongoing assistance to the people in need.

For media enquiries, please call Mr. Rickey YAU at (Tel) 2831 5232, or send an email to

This press release can be downloaded here in PDF format.

The full report in Chinese ONLY can be downloaded here.