Sunday, August 23, 2015

They're Invisible In China: Portraits Of The Mentally Ill

This article is a must read.  It pulls at the heartstrings of every one who reads it. It  shows how the Chinese have many millions of cases of mental illness and they deserve our prayer and advocacy. This article does an excellent job of explaining what is happening in China regarding their handling the epidemic of mental illness.  Mental illness is a global problem. I have a considerable amount of Chinese who visit my blog. I am glad that they read the posts.  We must be praying for them.

Here are some important things to know: by Liu Yuyang's documentary  At Home With Mental Illness in July won him an Ian Parry scholarship recognizing young photographers. He went to two cities in the Guangdong province and documented the daily lives of six families struggling with mental health patients — a group, Liu says, that is too often ignored by the Chinese government and stigmatized by the public.
China has a staggering 173 million people with some sort of diagnosable mental disorder, according to a 2012 study in the journal Lancet. Of those, 158 million have never received any treatment. And China averages one psychiatrist for every 83,000 people. So many patients depend on their families for help.
"We can't see the mental illness patients in society. You won't have a friend or a classmate who is mentally ill so I think they are kind of invisible in our lives," Liu says. "They don't walk on the streets or go to the [places] you go to."

Mei Lin, who's 83, enjoys a moment with her two granddaughters, both of whom are mentally ill.For more on this article see:
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/08/22/433480704/theyre-invisible-in-china-portraits-Fof-the-mentally-ill?utm_me








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Jiagui Su, 33, stands on a ladder to the loft in his parents' house. He's lived with them since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia 10 years ago.

Jiagui Su, 33, stands on a ladder to the loft in his parents' house. 
He's lived with them since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia 10 years ago.