A new report from Caixin Online states that scores of sane individuals are regularly committed to mental health institutions after going through informal diagnostic procedures, sometimes only after brief 20 minute mental health checks. Patients are then unable to leave their respective institutions due to a lack of proper oversight in verifying their mental health status. This one issue is part of a larger pattern of systemic failure in China’s mental healthcare system, which includes outmoded methods and outdated attitudes in treating the mentally ill, along with a general scarcity of proper resources and funding. These images are a stark look at a darker aspect of Chinese society that rarely ever sees the light of day.
Photos from Caixin Online