Hong Kong Med J 2006;12(Suppl 3):S18-9
Charcoal burning suicide in Hong Kong
DTS Lee, KPM Chan, PSF Yip, SSM Chan, CM Leung, DWS Chung
Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. Charcoal burning suicides embodied the profound and unexpected socio-economic changes that troubled many Hong Kong people in the post-transition era.
2. Media inadvertently prescribed a collective meaning to the method of charcoal burning, and people subscribed to the method when all other means failed. The media should adopt the World Health Organization guideline on suicide reporting.
3. Lending institutions should review their regulations to reduce the high lending rate and improve the risk assessment process.