According to a recent report from the Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, almost 40 percent of young people in Hong Kong have experienced suicidal thoughts from academic stress, social life and employment.
Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong is a non-governmental organisation centred on prevention of suicide. It received 1,438 suicide-related calls for help last year, a 9.7 percent increase from 2013.
360 callers were between 10 to 29 years old, and 114 people in this age group committed suicide in 2014.
Having interviewed 270 people aged 11 to 30 in June, researchers found that 38.9 percent considered suicide as a result of stress. Furthermore, more than half of those surveyed admitted their unwillingness to communicate with others while experiencing negative emotions.
Another report released in June showed that Hong Kong’s suicide rate was 13.86 people per 100,000 people in 2014.
Life Education Centre Head at the Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong Angela Tsoi has urged the government to provide more resources for mental health support and suicide prevention. She also encouraged parents to pay more attention to their own emotional health as it could influence the wellbeing of their children.
If you are experiencing negative emotions, do not hesitate to call the Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong at 2389 2222.
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