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Elderly Suicide in Hong Kong: Strategies and Welfare Services

Elderly Suicide in Hong Kong: Strategies and Welfare Services

Providing a full range of supportive and remedial services Services to families and individuals A wide range of mainstream services including integrated family services, medical social services and various community elderly support services available to meet the different needs of the elders as well as providing support to their carers. Re-engineering of elderly services Moving from institutionalized care to home and communitybased care with services provided in an integrated and holistic manner since April 2003. Various elderly community supportive services have been strengthened/ enhanced, i.e. Services on the prevention and handling of elderly suicide/abuse Educational programs and developmental groups Outreaching service to needy elders Counselling and crisis management 10

Providing a full range of supportive and remedial services (Cont’d) (Cont d) Live Life! Joint Project on Prevention of Elderly Suicide A three-year pilot project since mid 2001 with three main components, i.e. Community Education, a 3-tier coordinated service model and an Asia-Pacific Regional Conference Elderly Suicide Prevention Programme Launched since October 2002 by the Hospital Authority, in collaboration with NGOs providing elderly services . It is operated under a 2-tier model 1 st tier – early detection and screening of elders with depression and suicidal risks 2 nd tier – specialist treatment by psycho-geriatricians at 7 fast track clinics set up in 7 hospitals across in Hong Kong 11

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