Date
26 March 2017
Policemen cover the victim's body (inset). The 22-year-old student jumped from the family home after unexpectedly coming home from school. Photos: Google Map, Ming Pao
Policemen cover the victim's body (inset). The 22-year-old student jumped from the family home after unexpectedly coming home from school. Photos: Google Map, Ming Pao

CUHK student comes home from school, jumps to death

A young university student plunged to his death from a Sai Ying Pun flat on Tuesday after unexpectedly coming home from school.

The 22-year-old victim, surnamed Chan, was found unresponsive on a podium above the first floor, Ming Pao Daily reports.

It was the third suicide by a secondary or university student in six months.

Security guards called the police after hearing a loud thud. Paramedics certified him dead at the scene.

Chan had been living in a dormitory in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Sources said he was an introvert and seldom had contact with family members who live across town in Sai Ying Pun.

A CUHK spokesperson said the university was shocked and saddened by the tragedy and was in touch with Chan’s family.

CUHK said it will offer counselling to students and teachers to help them overcome emotional trauma.

Meanwhile, vice chancellor Joseph Sung is calling on young people to “cherish life and stand strong in the face of difficulties”. 

Szeto Hon-ming, a director of the Family and Career Development Service of Hong Kong, said parental support is of great importance to a child.

Parents should talk to their children from a young age and maintain regular contact with them as they grow older.

If children are having trouble sharing their thoughts and concerns with their parents, a friend or someone they trust can help.

Also, parents should seek help from professional counsellors and social workers if necessary.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).

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