News Centre

22 Oct 2023

Joint Statement: Prioritising Mental Health and Building Connections Among University Students in Hong Kong

22 Oct 2023

We are saddened by the recent spate of tragic incidents involving the passing of our students and young people. As the representatives responsible for student affairs at eight local universities, we are determined to give the highest priority to the mental well-being of our students. We care deeply for their wellness and recognize the unique challenges they face, and will spare no effort in creating a supportive environment that encourages compassion, connection, and mutual care. 

To University Students: We urge every student to put their mental health as top priority; self-harm is never a solution. Students are strongly encouraged to: i) reach out, talk to someone you trust, and approach us for available support services both within the university and in the wider community; ii) extend support to their peers within and beyond the university community. It is important that every student feels valued, heard, and supported throughout their academic journey and we endeavour to do that together. 

To Young People in the Community: Self-care is of utmost importance. Please take care of your well-being by maintaining a healthy study-life balance, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as exercise, listening to music or helping others. Seeking support is a sign of strength and self-awareness, and never a weakness. 

To Parents: Students may lack experience in handling crises while under stress. Parents are their children’s greatest assets when it comes to providing guidance and support. By offering more encouragement and being present for their children, parents can help guide them in navigating crises with greater resilience and managing challenging situations. Parents’ guidance and companionship are invaluable in helping young people develop the life skills necessary to overcome adversity. 

Let us join hands and nurture a culture of partnership and understanding among students (young people), the university (school), and families that fosters mental health, resilience, and connection. 


Professor Isabel Kit-ming YAN, Associate Provost (Student Life), Office of the Provost and Deputy President, City University of Hong Kong  

Professor Henry FOCK, Director of Student Affairs, Hong Kong Baptist University  

Professor Donghui LI, Associate Vice President (Student Affairs), Lingnan University  

Professor Wing-hung KO, University Dean of Students, The Chinese University of Hong Kong  

Professor Chetwyn Che-hin CHAN, Vice President (Research and Development), The Education University of Hong Kong 

Ir Professor Albert P.C. CHAN, Dean of Students, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

Professor King L. CHOW, Acting Dean of Students, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

Professor Samson TSE, Dean of Student Affairs, The University of Hong Kong 


Local Hotlines for Suicide Prevention and Emotional Support

Service Provider 

Telephone No. 

Open UP: Online emotional support through text counseling, available 24/7 (for people aged 11-35) 

Hospital Authority – Psychiatric Hotline     

2466 7350 

Social Welfare Department  

2343 2255 

Suicide Prevention Services 

2382 0000 

The Samaritans  

2896 0000 

The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong 

2389 2222 

Richmond Fellowship – Justone    

3512 2626 

HKFYG – Youthline (For people aged 6-24)  

2777 8899 

Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre  


CEASE Crisis Centre, TWGHs