Date
23 October 2017
Social welfare functional constituency lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun is calling for a government-led anti-teenage suicide summit to help tackle the problem of student suicides. Photo: HKEJ
Social welfare functional constituency lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun is calling for a government-led anti-teenage suicide summit to help tackle the problem of student suicides. Photo: HKEJ

Concern mounts as three student suicide cases reported in a day

The government is under pressure to take measures after three student suicide cases were reported in one day on Thursday.

One of the victims, an 18-year-old secondary 6 student, was saved by passers-by after he jumped into the river from a pedestrian overpass near the Tai Po Mega Mall, Apple Daily reports. He was in his school uniform. 

A source said pressure from schoolwork drove him to try to kill himself.

At around 7 a.m., an 11-year-old primary six pupil was found lying on the ground at Kwong Yau House in Kwong Fuk Estate, a public rental housing estate in Tai Po where he and his family lived.

He was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators said the boy jumped off the building because he could not deal with the death of his grandmother and the impending divorce of his parents.

A secondary six student also died in hospital after he jumped off the top of the Domain Mall in Yau Tong at about 11:21 a.m.

Police recovered a note at the scene, in which the 17-year-old said he was under pressure and felt he had no direction in life.

Social welfare functional constituency lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun and the Civil Alliance for Student Suicide Prevention urged the government to take action to prevent a recurrence of the incidents.

They proposed a government-led anti-teenage suicide summit to help tackle the problem.

More than 20 students have committed suicide so far this year, according to Apple Daily.

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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