Shanghai Tulip: breaking China’s mental health taboo

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China’s first depression support group helps where society and state fail

Following a bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2003, Chen Wei found very few places to turn for mental health support in his hometown of Shanghai. He soon realised that he wasn’t alone in his struggle: China faces a massive mental health crisis, including more than 200,000 depression-related suicides a year. Those suffering from mental health disorders are frequently stigmatised, receiving little support from friends and family, and finding few job prospects. In an effort to raise awareness and provide support to those in need, Chen founded Tulip, a peer support group aimed at breaking the stigma of mental illness.

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