Creating hope with action
This article was contributed by the Department of Health.
“Creating Hope with Action” is the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2021-2023.
Let’s learn more about suicide prevention and find hope for people in need.
Studies have found that:
- talking about suicide DOES NOT increase others’ motivation to commit suicide
- properly asking about suicidal thoughts and related behaviors may RELIEVE the person’s mental distress
Most suicidal persons:
- have experienced major life stress events or lost some very important people and things (for example, loss of close relatives, lovers or health, etc.)
- suffer from severe mental distress and emotional pain
Some common warning signs of suicide:
Some people want to persuade others not to commit suicide. But their use of words may make people feel rejected and more uncomfortable. For example:
X “Someone is much worse than you are”
X “You are avoiding the problem”
X “You need to take care of others, instead of just focusing on yourself.”
Try to say:
√ “I understand you are really sad”
√ “It must be very hard for you to bear the problem so long”
√ “Let’s talk slowly and find some way out”
How to help?
- Take initiative to open up the topic, enable them to express the suppressed distress.
- Empathically, listen to their difficulties and feelings in their position, give kind support and relieve their distress.
- After alleviating their distress, find solutions with them together.
- For some more difficult problems, encourage or accompany them to seek professional.
- For emergency, immediately seek professional assistance, such as calling 999 or go to the Accident and Emergency services of the hospital.
|Hospital Authority Mental Health Direct Line||2466 7350|
Social Welfare Department Departmental Hotline Service
|Suicide Prevention Hotline Services||2382 0000|
|The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong
(24-hour emotional support service )
|The Samaritan 24 Hour Multi-Lingual Suicide Prevention Service||2896 0000|