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The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong

The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong (SBHK) was established in 1960 under the name “Suicide Prevention Society”. It was the first of its kind in Asia. It was registered as a society in Hong Kong in 1963, and subsequently renamed “The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong”. In the 70s, SBHK offered services by 2 distinct units; one in Cantonese, the other in English. The English unit was dissolved in 1982 for administrative reasons. In 1994, SBHK was incorporated as a limited company.

SBHK is a local voluntary agency run by volunteer workers. Though non-religious in nature, SBHK serves after the generosity and benevolence of the Good Samaritan in the Bible in an effort of lending a helping hand to the distressed and helpless. Through giving support and rendering emotional counseling to them, we help them to help themselves.

In the wake of a significant rise of students committing suicide due to their setback in the Hong Kong Certificate Examination in 1964, SBHK launched a Summer Hotline Service for Form 5 graduates in 1965, and the Service has been maintained for many years. Following our example, other organizations joined in, and now resources from various quarters are made available to help students finding a way out of their cul-de-sac.

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