Taiwanese social worker shares success story in extreme case

Hsu helped frequently suicidal youth turn her life around, remains in touch many years later

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/16
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Hsu Ru-yue (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese social worker who has accompanied many drug addicts, alcoholics, and people with mental illness through the darkest periods of their lives has shared a story about how she helped one young girl turn her life around.

Hsu Ru-yue (許如悅), who received an award from the Ministry of Health and Welfare for her achievements in social work this year, is a medical social worker at the Tri-Service General Hospital’s Psychiatry Department, according to a CNA report. With 17 years of experience as a social worker, she has long been dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction and mental illness.

Hsu believes that social workers can change and even save lives. She also considers her field to be a stabilizing force in society.

More than 10 years ago, Hsu encountered a case that left a deep impression on her. It was a young girl, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, who made weekly visits to the emergency room.

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