Source: China Daily
“Sometimes, I would sit in my lab staring at the equipment and ask myself over and over again, ‘Why am I alive?’ ”
This is how PhD student Sun, 27, who did not want his full identity revealed, recalls one of his lowest points. “It was a few years ago, but at the time I just couldn’t see a future,” he said. “I still can’t, I guess.”
He eventually sought professional help, and with continued support he says he feels better.
Analysis suggests millions of young people like Sun are struggling under the pressures of work,study and relationships. Unfortunately, many are not finding the help they need.
Every year, roughly 250,000 people commit suicide in China, while another 2 million attempt tocut their lives short, according to the Ministry of Health. Although studies show the highest incidence is among elderly and rural women, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says suicide is now the top cause of death for people aged 15 to 34.
A 2008 poll of more than 3,800 teenagers in Foshan, Guangdong province, found that 17 percent of female junior high school students had contemplated suicide. The main reasons were the pressure to behave well and feelings of isolation and loneliness, according to a report by the city’s health authority.
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