Former Secretary for Justice Wong Yan Lung attended the annual award presentation ceremony of his alma mater Queen's College on Friday (8th), as the first chairman of the Advisory Committee on Mental Health, he mentioned the recent rise in student suicide, he said that depression is common among secondary school students, and it is exacerbated by the long-term new crown epidemic Xi abnormality and difficulty in returning to normal; Citing research, he pointed out that the key to happiness is positive relationships with others, making people feel happy, healthy and live longer.


He mentioned that the embarrassing days of working seven days in full-time practice and waiting for the bus to Admiralty in Wah Fu Estate in a three-piece suit made him try to save for a home, but it made him reflect on how to become a selfish lawyer, so he looked for other directions, and since 1990, he has visited street sleepers in Kowloon and met young drug addicts, these experiences were important for him to join the Government as Secretary for Justice in 2005, and he led the Youth Drug Task Force during his tenure. There will be a more comprehensive grasp of the pursuit of excellence and the goals that really matter in life."


Speaking at the Queen's College Annual Award Presentation Ceremony of his alma mater on Friday, Wong mentioned that the key to happiness is positive relationships with others. (Photo of the Queen's Old Students' Association)

Visit Kwai Chung Hospital to see an 80-year-old woman feeding her 50-year-old daughter

Officiating at the Annual Award Presentation Ceremony as Honorary President of the Queen's Life Association, Wong Yan Lung delivered a speech entitled "Pursue excellence with panorama and physical and mental well-being".

He recalled several heart-wrenching scenes of his first visit to Kwai Chung Hospital in 2018 when he was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Mental Health: a mother-in-law in her 80s was feeding her daughter in her 50s, her daughter's eyes were empty, but her mother smiled at him (Wong Yan Lung), showing maternal love; In the paediatric and adolescent ward, there are skinny patients with anorexia who are force-fed. He pointed out that these are vulnerable groups who are in great need of care but unable to help themselves, and the Government has the responsibility to provide more effective assistance in a timely manner.

Mr Wong attended the Queen's College Annual Award Presentation Ceremony of his alma mater on Friday to present scholarships to outstanding students. (Photo of the Queen's Old Students' Association)

Wear a suit and wait for the bus from the public housing estate to work in Admiralty and work hard to save money

Wong asked the junior, "Everyone knows that there is always some social service on their resumes, but how many of them are just showing off? How much is really relevant to your goals or the person you want to be?"

He shared that the seven-day work week in which he started practising full-time in 1988 and the embarrassing days of waiting for the bus to Admiralty in Wah Fu Estate in a three-piece suit made him strive to save for a home, and his mentor, the former Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Mr Justice Andrew Lee, often urged him to strive for excellence.

A selfish lawyer visits street sleepers in Kowloon to reflect on their life goals

Wong said he then began to worry that he would become a successful but selfish lawyer, so he looked elsewhere. "I have been visiting street sleepers in Kowloon since 1990 and have met young drug addicts, some of whom are as young as you. A 19-year-old drug addict missed a follow-up visit to the drug treatment centre three times, and I waited for hours at the MTR station in Kwun Tong. He was later sentenced to a long prison sentence for participating in arson for buying drugs, and I never played badminton with him again."

The faces and tragedies of the elderly, people with disabilities, people with mental health needs, illegal immigrants and other people are vividly vivid, which makes Wong reflect on and adjust his life goals. These experiences were important to him when he joined the Government as Secretary for Justice in 2005, during which he was challenged to lead the Youth Drug Task Force.

The big husband should face the blue sea and the twilight, read thousands of books is better than travel thousands of miles, have the world in mind, and take the four seas as his home. Don't stay in your comfort zone, go outward, climb high and see the knowledge; In addition to leisure tourism, it is also necessary to broaden the horizon. Get to know more people who are different from yourself, and understand the strengths, weaknesses and needs of others. The journey of life is not only horizontal, but also vertical, you can see the scenery of people of different social and economic statuses, and you will have a more comprehensive grasp of the pursuit of excellence and the truly important goals of life.

Huang Renlong

Wong Yan Lung took the lead in responding to the fundraising of the New Education Foundation by presenting the calligraphy work of Chinese painting and calligraphy expert Xu Pui-chi (1997) to his alma mater, calling on Wong Yan Tsai to continue to pursue excellence in an all-round way. (Photo of the Queen's Old Students' Association)

Diligent and meritorious? "Some goals are difficult to achieve no matter how hard you work."

Wong Yan-lung described "Huang Yan Tsai as diligent", but the hidden dangers that may be brought about by Huang Yan's school motto "Diligence and Merit", pointing out that if it deviates from the original intention, it may be overkill, which may bring uneasiness and anxiety, "Some goals are difficult to achieve no matter how hard you work. Similarly, if we only believe that 'victory' is the only goal of self-fulfillment, any 'failure' may weaken self-worth and can also lead to depression and anxiety."

Recently, the media is concerned about the rising trend of student suicide, and Huang Renlong believes that depression is common among secondary school students, and it is exacerbated by the long-term new crown epidemic Xi abnormal state and difficulty in returning to normal. Citing Robert Waldinger's research on adult development and his speech entitled "The Secret of a Happy Life", some experts suggested that schools should enhance students' well-being, pointing out that the key to happiness is positive relationships with others, which make people feel happy, healthy and live longer.

Advocate reducing screen time and getting a good night's sleep

Wong advises students to take the time to improve their relationships with others while striving for excellence, "There is no shortcut to this time-consuming training. Do more 'social fitness' training, don't be afraid to ask others if they can 'talk to me', go home and Xi practice with your parents. Put down your phone and pay more attention to the people around you. Even if you can't put down your phone, when you're frustrated, greet your friends with WhatsApp, "How are you?" Or send some words of encouragement, and you will feel better. When the other party replies, in addition to being happy, you can also make an appointment to meet. Spend less screen time and more time with people."

Mr Wong concluded his remarks by pointing out that the mental health surveys commissioned by the Advisory Committee on Mental Health for different age groups showed that poor sleep was the most important and most frequently overlooked risk factor. "We all know how good you can be the next day if you don't sleep well or stay up all night for whatever reason. This is not difficult to understand, and there is ample scientific evidence."

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