Youth Suicide Prevention
How to effectively engage and intervene at-risk youth and what we can learn from the US experiences

By October 16, 2017Events, Project Update, Seminar

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Dr. Eric D. Caine (University of Rochester Medical Center, NY)

Date : Oct 19, 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 9:30 – 11:00 am
Venue : CPD-2.14, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong.


Background: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth globally and has been the leading cause of death for youth in Hong Kong for decades. From 2002 to 2011, there were about 14,100 suicide attempts or self-harm episodes requiring medical attention in Hong Kong. Evaluation of student suicides found that about 1/3 had expressed their suicidal thoughts to others. Approximately 15% sent messages or posts about their suicidal thoughts and behaviors on social media, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, or Instagram, but family, friends, or members of the social media audience were not able to respond to such warnings in a timely fashion. How do we engage youth to seek help or accept help, and involve others to intervene early enough to prevent these crises?

Presentation: This seminar will consider strategies to reach youth before it is too late. It will discuss major challenges associated with youth suicide prevention, and different approaches to engaging, evaluating, and intervening with distressed youth. It also will review emerging online prevention services in the US. A major aspect of this presentation will include interactive involvement of those attending the session, to talk together about approaches that may be applied in Hong Kong.

About the speaker

Dr. Caine served as the John Romano Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, from 1996-2017, and as Co-Director of the US Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS) since its founding in 1998.  Currently he is the Director of the CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention, which integrates public health and mental health approaches to prevention. He has deep experience in the evaluation, management, and aftercare of acutely suicidal individuals, dating to the 1970s, and worked with colleagues to conduct more than 100 psychological autopsies involving persons who died by suicide.

Enquiries: Please contact Mr. Rickey YAU at or 28315232