China: Student suicide concerns grow

Studies from the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Centre show that suicide among young adults (aged 18 to 35) in China is becoming a major concern, with a record number of deaths among university students in one province, China Daily reports. The Guangdong Education Department confirmed that last year 63 students from 38 universities killed themselves, in the worst year on record.

So far this year, seven university student suicide cases have been reported.

China's first national suicide prevention centre was established in Beijing in 2007 and many universities have since established psychological counselling centres. But China Daily quotes Norman Sartorious, former director of the World Health Organisation's mental health programme, saying that China has only one psychiatrist per 100,000 people - about 20 to 30 times lower than the rate in Europe.
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