Community-based Response to Suicide Clusters in North District
Background and Objectives
In response to rising concerns about suicide clusters in the North District in Hong Kong in 2010, the CSRP led a three-year project to help prevent suicide in the region. Supported by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) and funded by the Lotteries Fund, the Community-based Response to Suicide Clusters in North District Project is a collaboration involving different government departments, community organizations, and the Centre with the objective to build capacity in communities of the North District to support prevention efforts of suicide and to evaluate the level of efficacy of different kinds of suicide preventive measures.
Major Project Activities
The suicide prevention efforts implemented through this project were grounded on three layers of prevention strategies:
- Universal Prevention Strategy with the aim of arousing awareness of suicide prevention at the community level
- Selective Prevention Strategy with the aim of enhancing awareness for gatekeepers
- Indicative Prevention Strategy for helping those who are at risk of suicide or self-harm behaviors
More specifically, the project engaged a wide range of communities in the North District, such as schools, social service providers, and first-responders, in forms of workshops, events and exhibitions, to promote mental health literacy and awareness, as well as to provide training on supporting high-risk groups for self-harm (SH) behaviours and suicide.
Major findings/research outcomes
The project ended in March 2015 and is currently preparing reports to summarize its findings.
Implications of outcome and future directions
After a concerted effort targeting SH behaviours and suicide in the community in the past three years, the North District is a more mentally resilient place today. Promotion and training resources developed through the project continue to support ongoing preventive measures for SH behaviours and suicide in the District and beyond. In addition, the evidence collected in the process plays an important role in shaping future prevention strategies.
Last update : September 5, 2015