The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong (SBHK) was formed in 1960 by a group of volunteers. Starting from 24-hour emotional support hotline, they now extend their services to suicide crisis intervention, life education and professional training
According to information from the Coroner’s Court, there were 916 suicide deaths in 2017. The suicide rate was 12.36 (i.e. 12.36 per 100,000 people died of suicide). The number of suicide deaths was 36 less, as compared with the 2016 figure. In 2017, there were 36 teenagers below the age of 19 who committed suicide and died, the suicide rate was 3.13. Compared with the figure in 2016 (24 teenagers) , the number increased 50%.
It was worth noting that the number of committed suicide was increasing in this age group while the total number of committed suicide was coming down in the past few years. As a result, SBHK launched some new services to meet the immediate needs of society
The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong (SBHK) was formed in 1960 by a group of volunteers. Over the past 50 years, SBHK has developed into an organization which provides comprehensive suicide prevention services. Starting from hotline service, we now extend our services to suicide crisis intervention, life education and professional training. Please browse www.sbhk.org.hk for more information.
• SBHK holds 2 fundraising events every year, which are McDull Charity Run and “From Darkness to Sunrise” City Orienteering Competition. All proceeds go to support their life education and suicide prevention services.
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