Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

A 21-year-old student has taken his own life by jumping from the roof of a 23-story building in Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei in the early hours on Monday.

The man, surnamed Lam, was a student of nursing at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU Space). He also worked part-time to help pay his tuition fees.

A 64-year-old resident of Cheong Wai Building on Portland Street in Yau Ma Tai reported to police at 3am that a man was found lying on a platform on the third floor, Oriental Daily reported.

The student was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was understood that Lam was a volunteer for the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions and that he went to the union’s office on the third floor on Sunday to do voluntary work.

Police found a suicide note in the office. Lam said he had been under pressure from study and work, Sing Pao reported. Officers found no evidence of foul play.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline +852 2896 0000 or emails can be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.

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