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Mental Health Stigma in China

Mental health is a taboo topic in China. Chinese people fear of being thought of as weak or "crazy" for having a psychological disorder. Some see mental illness as the ultimate form of shame. Shame and embarrassment force many to struggle in silence and never seek help. Furthermore, Chinese people tend to report somatic symptoms (racing heartbeat, insomnia, constant headaches) more than psychological symptoms, which leads to lower awareness around seeking help from psychiatrist/psychologist as opposed to a physician. As such, Chinese people don't seek mental health care because their culture stigmatizes mental illness.  


Stop the Stigma!

Stigma is toxic to mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear, and silence that prevents people from seeking help or treatment. The negative perception of mental illness won't change unless we act to change it.


Do you know if you are contributing to the stigma? Take the quiz!

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