It is a statistic that is as alarming, as it is baffling.
Since the start of the academic year, a spike in the number of students in Hong Kong who have committed suicide has seen 22 young people – one just 11 years old – take their lives. The four most recent cases occurred over just five days.
Compare this to the average of 23 student suicides a year between 2010 and 2014, according to figures from the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, and it is clear why alarm bells are ringing.
Experts in the education, health and youth fields are desperately trying to understand the reasons and arrest the worrying trend.
The Education Bureau announced new measures on Thursday after an emergency meeting with key stakeholders. These included improving student counselling support in schools, holding seminars to help teachers and parents to identify problems earlier, and forming a …