The NY Times has an article about Chen Si, who voluntarily works to prevent suicides from a bridge in Nanjing: “For hours on this recent Sunday morning, Mr. Chen watched and waited for that unknowable, unthinkable moment when one of the thousands of people who cross the bridge every day might try to jump off. Mr. Chen comes almost every weekend, bringing along a thermos of tea. He has become the bridge’s self-appointed guardian angel. ‘If I save one person,’ Mr. Chen said, ‘one is a lot.'”
According to the article, suicide is now the leading cause of death in China for people aged 15-34. Jenn’s recent CDN post noted an increase in Chinese seeking psychological help.