On Survival

August 22nd, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Alarming and, yet, not totally surprising news from the Mother Ship: “Suicides in China: 2.3 Times the Global Rate.” A couple crazy findings from a study conducted in 2002 in China:

Suicide is the highest ranking cause of death in the age group of 15 to 34.

Suicides in China make up 30% of all suicides in the world (1 million each year).

Seventy percent of those who commit suicide or attempt suicide never seek help with their problems.

Sad stuff. I hope China gets its shit together in the 21st c. and begins working on massive health care reform that makes mental health treatment socially acceptable and deals with depression, anxiety, and the shame people feel having these disorders.

That said, when Diana told me about the new Survivor: Ka-China cast, which includes “a grave digger, a chicken farmer (whose name is ‘Chicken’), a Christian talk radio host, a professional wrestler,” and that they’re reading Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (taking a cue from Mike Ovitz about twenty years too late), I couldn’t help but wish that one of these losers gets the China bug.

Survivor: Ka-China airs September 20 at 8 pm. Set your TiVos!

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