Psychotherapist Dorothy Wong has urged parents to communicate more with children, as a 20-year old student was found dead in Wong Tai Sin after taking his own life on Wednesday. The incident marks the 18th such case since the start of the school year in September, according to statistics from Ming Pao.
The student was in his third year in the University of Hong Kong arts faculty, according to Apple Daily.
Wong said in her remarks to Ming Pao that parents were vital in understanding and solving their children’s unhappiness, as well as eradicating their motives for attempting suicide.
“[Suicide] will not be without signs and symptoms. People do not become depressed without a reason, the question is whether you want to face the problem or not.”
Wong said that parents nowadays are afraid that their children will have a tough future. The parents’ desires to equip their children with the necessary skills and knowledge turn instead into pressure.
“Sometimes [after talking to parents] there is no longer a need to see the child. It is because there are cases where the parents have grown up and forgotten what a child must go through. They control too much, and take away the children’s ability to solve problems,” she said.
Wong also said that if their children choose to tell their parents about their problems, it is important for parents to listen and to understand their child, with the knowledge that their way of living is different from that of their parents.
If you are experiencing negative feelings, please call the Samaritans, a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline, on 2896 0000.