KELY Re-launches Youth Helpline

09-03-2010

 

KELY SUPPORT GROUP RE-LAUNCHES YOUTH HELPLINE
IN RESPONSE TO THE INCREASE IN YOUNG DRUG ABUSE AND SUICIDE 

Hong Kong, 10th March 2010 - In response to the alarming rise in drug abuse and suicidal tendency among young people in Hong Kong, KELY Support Group (KELY) is re-launching its hotline service on 19th March 2010.

The launch of the hotline comes on the heels of the recent student survey issued by the Narcotics Division which found that only 1 secondary school out of 112 surveyed was drug-free. The survey further revealed that out of 30,180 secondary students, 20,640 have used drugs at one time another - an average of 32 drug-taking students from each affected secondary school in Hong Kong.

The hotline will also provide immediate support for young people with suicidal thoughts and tendencies. With the rate of attempted suicide of young people increasing by 20% compared to last year, and the establishment of suicide communication groups through online social networks; KELY is setting up a free, one-stop service for young people who are needing someone to talk to within an empathetic, non-judgmental and confidential environment.

 “The aim of KELY's hotline is not to solve the Caller’s problem, but to 'contain' their distress - to listen non-judgmentally - in order to help Callers address their difficulties and better manage their situations,” said Dr. Justin Grayer”, appointed Consultant for the hotline.

According to Chung Tang, the Executive Director of KELY, “Despite the fact that there are many young people who are blogging about their problems online, the need to speak to a real individual will always be there”. 

To mark the official launch of the Hotline, a press conference will be held on Friday, 19 March 2010, at 3pm at the Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre. The conference will feature Dr. Justin Grayer, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, specializing in alternative family therapy for young substance abusers, as well as the sharing of real-life experiences by young people who have overcome their life crises through obtaining support from their peers.  

Press Conference Details

Date & Time:   Friday, 19 March 2010, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Venue:             Conference Room, 3/F, Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre

Medium:          Cantonese and partially English

 

 

About KELY Support Group

The KELY Support Group is a non-government, charitable organization established in 1991 by a youth as a self-help group for young people with drug and alcohol problems. We are a bilingual youth organization which provides a wide range of support initiatives including: an email helpline, harm reduction and educational school workshops, peer support training programmes, youth forums and multi-media art projects.

 

Media Enquiries:

Ms Mink Wong

Youth Services Officer, KELY Support Group

Tel:                  2521 6890

Fax:                 2521 6853

Email:              minkwong@kely.org

Web Site         www.kely.org

 

*The hotline is partially funded by the Lee Hysan Foundation

 
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