As we mentioned earlier, the start of school term has been followed by suicide attempts among the city’s middle and high school students. Only yesterday, another two high school students attempted to end their lives but were saved.
These tragedies have made Shanghai bookstores ban the cartoon Suicide Rabbit, for fear that it might have a negative effect on young people’s minds. Both the original Bunny suicides book by British cartoonist Andy Riley and the Chinese version Suicide Rabbit (自杀兔) by Liu Gang have found many readers in China.
“The comic used to be popular among young readers,” said Zhu Bin, public relations officer at the Book City, quoted in Shanghai Daily.
He also said that since last Wednesday, the sales of books on teenage psychological guidance have soared, as parents are becoming more concerned about the mental health of their children: “In the past, reference and exercise books were parents’ favorites. However, last weekend, the first weekend after the new semester started, there was a sales rush on psychology-related books. Some even sold out”.