Prevention of Student Suicides

 It is important to know that suicides are preventable.  Global and local epidemiological research reveals that suicidal behaviour is a complex phenomenon influenced by different intertwining factors, such as mental disorders, substance abuse, as well as other biological, familial, and situational factors (World Health Organisation, 2014).  The prevention of youth suicides requires collaborated efforts of different parties of the community to building connection with our youth to create a supportive safety net for them.

 

For Teachers

bullet Programmes

                    - Quality Education Fundlatest news

If additional funding is needed to organize Joyful@School and mental well-being activities, schools are encouraged to submit proposals to the Quality Education Fund for funding not   exceeding $200,000.

 

bullet Resources

Students with Suicidal Behaviours  (March 2017)pdf

This Resource Handbook aims to provide school personnel with thorough understanding of suicide including its risk and protective factors, knowledge and skills in detecting warning signs of suicide, and practical tips for responding to students’ suicidal behaviours.

 

The information kit aims to provide handful tips to help school personnel and parents early identify students with emotional difficulties and seek timely support, as well as to enhance students’ resilience against adversity.

 

 For schools                For parents             For students 

 

 

 

The Package provides practical suggestions on devising school policy, establishing mechanism to assess and review students’ needs, implementing preventive work through curriculum and guidance activities, as well as strengthening the support system for students.  For details, please visit the following link :

http://www.edb.gov.hk/en/teacher/student-guidance-discipline-services/gd-resources/index.html

 

We encourage schools to enhance life education through various kinds of school activities, such as assembly and group discussions afterwards or class period, according to their own needs and situation.  We have thus prepared a lesson plan and some resource materials on life education for upper primary and secondary school students.

 

 Secondary           Primary        

 

The publicity materials are to promote the message of positive thinking in face of challenges in life.

- API - Think on a Broader Plane Unwind and Relax

- Poster - Think on a Broader Plane Unwind and Relax

 

bullet Professional Development

             Seminar on "Identify and support students with suicidal behaviours"

(3 March 2017) pdf Chinese version only

 

              Briefing session for the collaboration between NGOs and schools

to promote mental well-being and encourage students to treasure lives"

(5 April 2017)  

              Handout (1) pdf Chinese version only      Handout (2) pdf Chinese version only      Handout (3) pdf Chinese version only

              

                 Sharing Session on Detection, Supporting and Making Referral for Students

with Suicidal Risks: Resources and Good Practices (27 April 2017)latest news

             Handout (1) pdf Chinese version only     Handout (2)  pdf Chinese version only     Handout (3)  pdf Chinese version only  Handout (4)  pdf Chinese version only 

      

bullet Reports and Related Documents

CPSS had completed and submitted the final report to the Secretary for Education on 7 November 2016.  The report has further provided the analysis of the local fatal student suicide cases and the various recommendations put up by the members of the Committee and working groups on the “Universal”, "Selective” and “Indicated” levels of support.pdf

  

          

 

bullet Community Resources and Helpline

 

- How to keep teenagers safe from online suicide 'game' latest news

 

 

 

Deliberate Self Harm & Negative Emotion” Project

Adolescents of this generation are facing multiple stresses but are commonly impressed to be weak in problem-solving and resilience, resulting in emotional distress.  Some even resort to deliberate self-harm to release their internal pain and achieve their personal interests.  The project is carried out by the Social Welfare Department, in conjunction with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Team of Queen Mary Hospital, Education Bureau and 5 NGOs in 2014.  A booklet Chinese version only  summarizing the project content has been published for the public’s reference. 
In view of the big challenge of schools and teachers in handling the adolescents’ deliberate self-harm at school, some information Chinese version onlyhas been prepared for their easy reference in case management.
 

 

 

 

 

 

For Parents

bullet Information Kit on Enhancing Life Resilience

The information kit aims to provide handful tips to help parents early identify students with emotional difficulties and seek timely support, as well as to enhance students’ resilience against adversity.
 
 For parents       For students

 

bullet Publicity

     -  API - Think on a Broader Plane Unwind and Relax

     -  Poster - Think on a Broader Plane Unwind and Relax

 

bullet Community Resources

            -  WeCare Chinese version only 

               - How to keep teenagers safe from online suicide 'game' latest news

            -  Happy Kids Charter Chinese version only

            -  Family Life Education Resource Centre

 

 bullet Helpline 

 

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