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Shenzhen Losing New Blood? – Southern Metro Weekly

Shenzhen, Hong Kong’s window city into the mainland, is known for its progressive reforms and economic openness. It may be famous for repelling the young and the driving forces of innovation. Translated from Southern Metro Weekly magazine and others: Depression is on the rise in Shenzhen over the past few years, along with the skyrocketing […]

90 Pct of China’s Depression Sufferers Fail to Get Proper Treatment – Xinhua

From Xihua, via People’s Daily Online: 90 percent of the 30 million people in China suffering from depression fail to get proper treatment due to worries about discrimination and a lack of professional psychiatrists, according to the Chinese Psychiatrist Association (CPA). But for the 10 percent that did receive medical assistance, the results appear to […]

Depression Number One Killer of Ivory Tower Students – Guo Qiang

From China Daily: Sucking heavily on a cigarette, Hong Qiankun’s father signed a cremation application form for his 26-year old son. The young man’s father was shaking and tears were streaming down his face. Hong committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of an apartment. He left a simple note for his family, “I […]

Black cloud over China – Rose Tang

From the Standard: I look through the window down a light shaft and cringe with vertigo. The shaft, its outlines broken by a net of clothes lines and window frames, is cold and silent. It would have been where Wang would have ended a five-year battle against severe depression. He is not alone. He belongs […]

Survey: Young suffer from depression most

From China Daily: Young people, especially those with university degrees, make up the largest proportion of Chinese people suffering from depression, statistics from the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Centre revealed this week. According to a survey of 15,431 depression sufferers over the past two years, people in their 20s accounted for 37.6 per cent […]

Tan Ee Lyn: Rat race Hong Kong comes to terms with depression

From Reuters, via In crowded, fast-paced and expensive Hong Kong, where financial success is paramount, depression is a growing problem. There were 1,000 suicides in 2004, up from 915 in 2000. An estimated 70,000 of Hong Kong’s nearly seven million people suffer from serious depression, but Lam says one out of every five residents […]

More than 26 mln Chinese suffer depression

From Xinhua: More than 26 million Chinese suffer depression, but only 10 percent of them go to doctors, according to a medical expert in Beijing. Some 10 to 15 percent of those with the depression problem in the country are likely to commit suicide, but only less than 10 percent of them are taking medicines […]

Mai Dong: China needs more soul savers

From China Daily Online: During on-line conversations with members of the public, Zhu Rongxian, deputy of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said 16 million Chinese belong to the “melancholia” group. She put them into three groups – the aged living in endless loneliness, young people tortured by heavy pressure from work or school, and […]

Suicide: China’s Great Wall of Silence

Business Week has published a long report about the epidemic of suicide in China: “By now, readers of BusinessWeek are no doubt accustomed to seeing articles touting China as the new economic superpower that’s leading the world in this or that. Biggest cell-phone population. Fastest-growing Internet population. Manufacturing mecca. Favorite location for foreign direct investment. […]



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