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.
A mentally ill young girl and her family in Guangdong Province. 2015. The family receive little or no support with her condition.
A young man suffering from mental health issues with his parents in Southern Guangdong Province, 2015.