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More Shanghai parents are asking for advice on kids’ mental health

The kids aren’t alright, and it’s got parents concerned

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In an annual report done by youth hotline Shanghai Youth League, Chinese parents’ concerns over their children’s mental health is on the rise. SHINE reports that of all the calls the hotline received in 2019 (around 50 every day), about 60 percent of them were from adults in their 30s and 40s. Of those, about a third were calling with concerns about their children’s mental health, including cases of depression and anxiety. Other worries included schoolwork and difficulties raising teens.

The stats are quite different from the hotline’s previous report. In 2018, about 40 percent of calls were regarding academic performance, while only about 14 percent of parents’ calls were related to depression. Parents' concerns aren't unwarranted – the hotline also surveyed about 6,000 minors, about half of which felt they were under ‘great pressure’.

If you have questions about your child’s or your own mental health, here are a few resources that may help.

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