See the Lives of China’s Mentally Ill TIME Magazine

July 29, 2015

Ian Parry scholarship winner Yuyang Liu documents the dire reality of mental disease in China.

by Ye Ming

To live with mental illness in China is to live in an invisible world.

Of the more than 100 million victims living with some form of mental illness in China, 16 percent are classified as severe, according to a 2009 report by China’s National Center for Mental Health. Yet, inadequate psychiatric care and social stigmas have pushed many out of the public sphere, denying family members the much-needed support they need.

This year’s Ian Parry scholarship recipient, 23-year-old Chinese photographer Yuyang Liu, has set about illuminating this invisible world. He recently documented families crippled by mental disease across the southern province of Guangdong, one of China’s wealthiest regions. “It is often the case that one family is impoverished because of a family member’s illness,” Liu tells TIME.

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