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Troubled Youth: China’s Student Suicide Crisis(4)

Posted by Author on August 24, 2006

rfa.org, HONG KONG— (cont’d) Stigma of mental distress

A counsellor at the Kangleyuan hotline in the southern city of Shenzhen attributed the growing number of suicides among young people to undiagnosed and untreated depression.

“Here in Shenzhen the problems are usually to do with people’s love life, or with problems with their studies,” said the counsellor, identified only by her surname, You.

“Meanwhile, there are lots of teenager-related problems, such as the head of household who has [financial] problems with their children’s education…or online gaming.”

Psychological problems have only begun to get the full attention of the medical profession and the general public in China in recent years.

Studies show that around 90 percent of completed suicides have never received help of any kind. And most people still cannot distinguish easily between acute psychological problems (mood disorders) and acute mental illnesses (psychosis) when they occur in people they know.

Sometimes, patients and their families are aware that something is wrong but don’t seek treatment for fear of the potential social stigma attached to mental distress. (to be cont’d…)

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