21 October 2018
Parents should try to create closer bonds with children who show signs of self-harm such as cutting. Photo:
Parents should try to create closer bonds with children who show signs of self-harm such as cutting. Photo:

What if your child cuts their wrist?

Young adults are the group most likely to cut their wrists and arms and rather than criticizing them parents should try to establish closer bonds with their children.

That’s the advice a Youth Outreach social worker offered families after Leung Chai-yan, 22, daughter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, posted photos of a cut wrist and bloodied hand on Facebook, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

“Young adults might think that cutting their wrist is a way to release emotions they are trying to express. Some of them choose to post pictures on social media to arouse concern,” Lee Wai-ki, a social work supervisor Youth Outreach’s Hang Out unit, was quoted as saying.

Lee said family members should pay more attention to these people because they will care more for their body if they feel they are loved.

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said that if the wounds are not very deep, it means the person is not determined to commit suicide, the report said.

Ming Pao Daily also quoted Lee Sing, professor of psychiatry at Chinese University, as saying that in general, people who cut their wrists have no intention of killing themselves.

There could be a number of reasons, including seeking to attract attention or if the person is emotionally unstable and can only wind down after seeing blood, Lee said.

Paul Yip Siu-fai, from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, said uploading such bloody photos is a call for help and not something for which Leung Chai-yan should be criticized.

Leung Chai-yan was supposed to graduate from the law department of the London School of Economics and Political Science last year, but Facebook posts suggest she left the school in June last year without graduating, Apple Daily said.

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