The concept of mental health in China is influenced by Confucian ideology as well as an emphasis on family. In contrast to Western thought, the Chinese emphasize “highly personal duties and social goals” rather than the individual, and personal rights. Failing to fulfill one’s duties within the family and society can lead to common symptoms of psychological distress, such as feelings of guilt and shame. Mental health is a growing issue in China with estimates of 100 million sufferers of mental illness.
A young women suffers in silence in Guangdong Province, China 2015.
The window of a bedroom of a severely mentally unstable man in Guangdong Province, China 2015.
A mentally ill young girl and her family in Guangdong Province. 2015. The family receive little or no support with her condition.
Boxes of cigarettes in the room of a man suffering from social exclusion in Guangdong Province, China 2015.
Completely isolated from society has a debilitating effect on people suffering from Mental Health Issues. Guangdong Province, China. 2015.
A picture of a mother in the house of a man suffering from severe mental illness is his only connection to the past. Guangdong Province, China.
A young mentally ill boy sits on the stairs in his home in Guangdong Province. Very few people visit his house and he is looked after by his mother. Both himself and his mother are completely isolated from society.
A young man suffering from mental health issues with his parents in Southern Guangdong Province, 2015.