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China Has 100 Million People with Mental Illness

Huang Yueqin, the director of the National Centre for Mental Health, has said that 100 million people, or 7% of the population, suffer from some degree of mental illness, yet only 5% of those afflicted are aware they have a...

East Meets West: How the Brain Unites Us All

Ed Yong at the New Scientist discusses the conventional notions of an ‘individualist, analyitical’ Western psychology and a ‘collectivist, holistic’ Eastern one, and how a recent psychological experiment...

In Modern China, Eye On Mental Health – Peter Ford

From Christian Science Monitor: The neutral colors, anodyne landscape paintings, and diplomas ranged on the windowsill make Tian Guoyan’s office much like a psychological counselor’s clinic anywhere else in the world. But this is China, where only 20 years ago, recalls Canadian psychiatrist Michael Phillips, his local colleagues hid their work from neighbors who feared […]

New hotline offers help to gays – Liang Qiwen, Xiao Jiang

From China Daily (link): The first national free hotline offering advice to gay people on a range of subjects has been launched. Volunteers in Guangzhou and Shanghai have joined forces for the initiative, which will provide advice on psychological problems, legal issues and HIV/AIDS. Hong Kong-based Chi Heng Foundation, which is sponsoring the service, has […]

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. […]

On a Bridge of Sighs, the Suicidal Meet a Staying Hand

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. […]

Social Transformation Brings Chinese to Western-Style Talk Therapy

Confucian values such as keeping problems to oneself and venerating one’s ancestors are being challenged by a new trend in China that is sending more people to the therapist’s couch to solve their problems. In an article* Friday, the LA Times wrote that drug manufacturer Pfizer has reported a 100 percent increase in Prozac sales […]

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