On April 8, 2012, Guangming Daily reported on a two week random survey conducted in 2011 on 1800 professional workers and students. The survey projected that over 26 million Chinese people suffer from various levels of depression syndrome. Over 50 percent of those surveyed had symptoms of depression syndrome or might have the syndrome. Of those surveyed, 90 percent did not realize that they had depression. The study suggested that depression could become the second largest deadly disease. By 2020, 2.6 to 3.9 million people who suffer from depression in China might choose to end their lives because of it.
Source: Guangming Daily, April 8, 2012