Falling Through the Cracks

Hong Kong’s suicide rate amongst men aged between 15 and 24 has risen by a staggering 30 per cent since 2008, yet the government is doing little to curtail the trend according the Director of our Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai says Hong Kong’s suicide rate is 20-30 per cent higher than countries like the UK, the US and Australia, yet we lag behind those nations in promoting suicide prevention measures.
The group of cluster suicides last year, when six people on one public housing estate committed suicide in a three month period prompted a public outcry. But Professor Yip says these deaths were preventable.

“In England, the US and Australia they have a national strategy,” he says. “In Hong Kong we have nothing like that. Our Centre has been trying to play a quasi-role in promoting suicide prevention, the government has recently awarded us a grant of $5 million for research into suicide prevention. But you need to have a co-ordinated holistic approach to tackling this problem, at the moment it’s piecemeal, the government reacts to cluster suicides rather than being proactive in preventing them.”

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