The Epoch Times cited a Chinese government report from 2020, stating that the depression rate among Chinese teenagers is 24.6%. The number of young people with mild depression is 17.2%, and the rate of major depression is 7.4%
In December 2019, China acknowledged that mental health, especially among children and adolescents, had become an increasingly concerning public health issue.
One in four children tends to depression, and one in ten high school students is severely depressed.
In November of this year, the Chinese Ministry of Education included depression screening as part of student health checks.
Professor Liu Kaiming, director of the Shenzhen Institute of Contemporary Society, said in an interview with Epoch Times that many Chinese children have committed suicide for various complicated reasons in recent years.
The first reason, he said, has to do with the Chinese Communist Party’s decades-long one-child policy. Since there is only one child in each family, children are often alone at home. Second, the stress from studying is so high that many children have suicidal thoughts.
Furthermore, many children between the ages of 3 and 4 are addicted to video games. Children immersed in virtual worlds are very poor at socializing, which also leads to a decline in personality development and social skills.
Professor Liu called on society, schools, and families to be responsible and provide children with a healthy development environment and not put too much pressure on children. He believes that the most important thing for children in the first ten years is their healthy growth.
In an interview with the Epoch Times, Dr. Yang Jingduan, chief of psychiatry at Jefferson University’s Center for Holistic Health, said that teenagers are more susceptible to depression than adults. The physiological structure during adulthood allows adolescents to develop emotional awareness as adults, but as teenagers, they cannot control emotions and behavior.
In addition, after the Communist Party of China took charge in 1949, it actively propagated atheism through its one-way communication and education system. Therefore, most Chinese people today no longer believe in God like their Chinese ancestors. Yang said that a person with true faith would quickly master himself against the fluctuations in societal changes, thereby maintaining good mental and physical health and maintaining harmonious social relationships.