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Feeling Depressed and Suicidal in China? There’s an App For That

Posted: 09/12/2014 11:01 am

smart phone appIf you are clinically depressed in China, but don’t have access to a psychologist, you’re in luck! An app is being developed to prevent suicide and help those suffering from clinical depression, reports iFeng.

By monitoring the heart and brain, users of the app will be able to diagnose their own psychological well-being, and obtain treatment using online resources. Users can also make various inquires online and schedule appointments with a psychologist via the internet.

The project is a collaboration between the Beijing Huilongguan Hospital and the Beijing Psychological Crisis Research and Intervention Center.

The need for the app was presented very differently in various media outlets. Sina highlighted the recently publicized suicides of US actor, Robin Williams, and Chinese translator, Sun Chongdan. iFeng quoted a number of statistics, specifically that suicide was a top ten cause of death in China that claimed about 131,000 lives a year, particularly the elderly.

WSJ China Real Time noted the announcement of the app followed a recent spate of officials committing suicide in a year of frequent corruption investigations. More than three dozen officials, or employees, have committed suicide since early 2013, reported Caixin.

Although public stigma associated with mental illness may be waning in China, the public will have to wait between three and five years before the app is released. There is no word whether the app will be compatible with the next generation of the Apple iPhone.

In the meantime, the Chinese public will have to make do with the few psychologists it currently has. According to the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas, China had 1.53 psychiatrists and 0.18 psychologists per 100,000 people in 2011.

[h/t WSJ China Real Time]

Photo: jyrb

  • Toothless

    Truthful there’s hope!
    Chop chop get downloading.

    • Toothless

      Wait. 3 — 5 years before its released!
      Most of China will be dead by then!

      • Truthful

        Why will “most of China .. be dead by then!”?

        Why do you say that? Are you making an online threat against citizens of a sovereign nation?!?? Are you aware that your personal information, details and posting history through various trolling accounts may be posted online in the near future?

        For your sake, I hope you can handle what may ensue.

        • Toothless

          The pollution should drop off soon as summer comes to a end.
          Then you will be able to think clearly again.
          Meanwhile you could try some oxygen canisters to breathe on.
          Should help lower the meaningless ranting.

          • Truthful

            I wonder why you have so many troll accounts? I wonder why you chose to delete your previous troll accounts (like “The master of none” and a few others) after I bitchslapped you in response to your racist whining in the article about African immigrants?

            You are a piece of shit and you are upset that someone is calling you out on it.

            As I stated before, all your personal information may be posted online “human flesh search”-style in the near future.

            Anonymous trolling doesn’t really work when dealing with tech-savvy people.

          • Toothless

            You do come over as a raging young american gaming boy. Not a business man.
            Always the threats.
            Good luck, hope you have buddies in the NSA to back up your keyboard warrior threats out.
            Meanwhile i shall carry on making non threatening remarks on topic.
            You know that freedom of speech everyone makes a big deal about.
            Dont wonder so much either just look around you for the answer.
            Have a nice safe journey home on the sweaty subway.

          • Truthful

            I never identified my nationality or anything else for that matter. These are your false assumptions meant as distractions from the vile racist garbage you posted in other articles about Africans, Chinese and others. Then, when I replied and exposed you for the coward you are, you cowardly deleted that account (“the master of none” etc.) and made a new account from which to TROLL.

            You called for genocide against an entire race of people. Your words are NOT protected “free speech” in ANY country. Don’t believe me? I reissue my challenge to you to make those statements in any public forum in any country. If you prefer, you may record a video and make those statements. But we both know that you won’t do it, because you know it’s illegal and wrong.

            That’s all you are, a miserable, pathetic little English teaching pissant. Your opinions don’t matter in the real world, so you feel that you must validate yourself online through hate speech.

            Also, why do you keep posting about the subway? Are you deranged? Anyway, I have a car and haven’t used the subway in a while, so stop projecting your own life onto others.

          • Toothless

            You never read the articles properly this is why you make so many mistakes in your rantings when you attack people.
            You twist every reply to suit your attacks.
            Online bully boy.
            Completely deranged.
            No ones interested in your constant threats and rantings.
            Very very dull.

          • Toothless

            Not to mention the amount of effort you put into your rants.
            Keep it simple stupid.
            You new at this?

    • Truthful

      You’re the one with the miserable life “Toothless” aka “the master of none” aka “Charlemagne” etc etc YOU ARE A PATHETIC NEEDLEDICKED ENGLISH TEACHER LOSER TROLL!

      As opposed to those of us leading happy, healthy and productive lives, you are the scum of society, dragging your sorry self through Asia because you were such a failure back home (and yes, the Chinese also know this, so you’re not fooling anyone with an ugly white face).

      Someone as worthless as you in this world would be better off just taking yourself out of it.

      • Toothless

        That’s it let the rage and anger release itself.
        Now take a deep breath and count to ten.

        • Truthful

          LOL, no anger here, you’re the one with emotional problems since you maintain multiple trolling accounts just for the purpose of attacking others anonymously.

          You’re a Poor Trashy Loser Whiteboi English Teacher Faggot.

          Your opinions and you are, by definition, worthless.

          • Toothless

            It is better you release your anger on here personally attacking everyone on line then running amok in a crowded subway station chopping away at people after a bad day in the office.

          • Truthful

            Nice try – I’m not attacking everyone – just YOU, the Loser Troll with multiple accounts. Actually, YOU’RE the one who seems angry, what with your call to genocide against Africans in a previous article (FYI – deleting accounts and then using new accounts doesn’t conceal the same IP address, idiot).

            I’m just exposing an insignificant, miserable little pissant.

          • Toothless

            Whatever boring now reading your constant raging ranting.
            Obsessed with attacking me and making online threats.
            You should get another hobby.

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