Helping individual with deliberate self-harm behavior: An application of multidisciplinary collaboration in a community

The program was held on March 9, 2013 at Auditorium, North District Hospital


Deliberate self-harm (DSH) has been a serious health problem. In fact, a marked increasing in the number of young people who engage in DSH has been observed and suicide remains the leading cause of death within the 15-24 age group. Attention has been paid to the increasingly high rates of DSH behaviors among young people and to the association between repeated acts of self-harm and increased risk of suicide.

Goal and Objective:
The objective of this seminar is to introduce healthcare professionals such as medical practitioners, social workers, other community stakeholders the pivotal role of multidisciplinary collaboration in the community.

  • To better utilize the community resources to strengthen the management and continuity of care for DSH patients and suicide attempters.
  • To provide ongoing support for DSH patients, suicide attempters, and survivors of suicide
  • To learn how to handle DSH patients and suicide attempters from various professionals’ perspectives
  • To learn the network of resources placed in North District

Content of the Program:
The program consisted of two-session
Session I – Keynote Speech

  • A Community-based Approach for Suicide Prevention by Professor Paul Yip, Director of HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention
  • Management of DSH Patient in A&E by Dr. Axel Siu, Consultant of Accident and Emergency Department, North District Hospital
  • Mental Illness and Suicide – Clinical Assessment and Treatment by Dr. Dicky Chung, Chief of Service, Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Tai Po Hospital

Session II – Knowledge Exchange Series

  • Working with DSH Patients in Medical Setting by Ms. Pauling Ng, Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurse, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
  • Working with Families and Friends of DSH Patients by Ms. Angie Shum, Training Consultant, HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention
  • Working with Survivors of Suicide – Practice Experience by Ms Quiny Lai, Assistant Supervisor, Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre – Shaukeiwan
  • Handling DSH Cases in Crisis Situation from a Police Negotiator’s Perspective by Dr. Gilbert Wong, Commanding Officer of Police Negotiation Cadre, Superintendent of Police, Hong Kong Police Force

Co-organization and Supporting Organization:
We sincerely thanked all co-organizations and supporting organizations for supporting us in such a meaningful and valuable event included Social Welfare Department (Tai Po/North), North District Hospital, Tai Po Hospital, Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre – Shaukeiwan, Hong Kong Police Force, Police Negotiation Cadre, and Hong Kong East Cluster.

Dr. David Sun, Dr. Axel Siu, Mrs. Yue, Prof. Paul Yip, Dr. Dicky Chung, Dr. Gilbert Wong, Ms. Pauline Ng

Opening Speech by Mrs. Elaine Yue, District Social Welfare Officer (Tai Po/North), Social Welfare Department

Welcoming Speech by Dr. David Sun, Assistant to Hospital Chief Executive, North District Hospital

Presentation by Prof. Paul Yip, Director, HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, The University of Hong Kong

Presentation by Dr. Axel Siu, Consultant, Accident and Emergency Department, North District Hospital

Funded by Lotteries Fund

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