China’s Next Challenge

Life is slowly beginning to return to normal in Wuhan, China—but the mental health fallout from COVID-19 is only just beginning.
Early surveys show Chinese medical workers, recovered patients, and the general public are experiencing considerable psychological distress.  
China’s fledgling mental health infrastructure will be put to the test—as will cultural norms that tend to disregard psychological distress.
“Even without Covid-19, I would say the shortage of mental health professionals in China is shocking. So are the numbers of people who need help and who don’t even know that they can seek help,” said Shanghai-based psychotherapist Shi Xiuxiong. 

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