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Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for p...
Yinqing
By Xaume Olleros
14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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14 Mar 2016

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Yinqing
By Xaume Olleros
12 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
By Xaume Olleros
12 Mar 2016

Yiang Zai Yue, diagnosed with alcoholism has luncInside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
By Xaume Olleros
12 Mar 2016

Patients perform a dance inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions as part of their daily routine in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
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12 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
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12 Mar 2016

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Yinqing
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12 Mar 2016

Inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Yinqing
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12 Mar 2016

Pan Xin, diagnosed withInside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Patients perform a dance inside Vila Rosa Residential Open Unit for people with mental health conditions as part of their daily routine in Yinqing district, Beijing, China. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Actress Ashley at UN Social Good Summit
New York
By Tracey Shelton
28 Sep 2015

Actress Ashley Judd speaks to UN Foundation fellows about her work with young women, victims of sex trafficking and mental health in a private interview at the UN Social Good Summit in New York on September 28, 2015.

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Ukraine: Psych Hospital Faces Bitter ...
Petrovs'kiy, Donetsk, Ukraine
By Teo Butturini
08 Jan 2015

The Donetsk Psychiatric Hospital number 1 is located in the district of Petrovsky, close to one of the frontlines in the armed conflict between Pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces that surround the city of Donetsk.

In early December the building came under artillery fire, and many of the windows have been damaged. The clinic is now dealing with cold winter temperatures, down to -25°C, and with shortages of food and medicine.

Doctors in the hospital not only check on the patients’ mental conditions; they are constantly working alongside patients and staff to heat the hospital, making sure no one is exposed to the severe cold. Empty rooms are filled with dry wood, and patients and staff alike work round the clock chopping wood and feeding fires.

The current situation is dramatic, as the administration does not have funds to repair the infrastructure and relies on donations from the church or private citizens. Many of the patients do not have the option to leave; some face too serious complications, while others do not have any relatives that can take care of them.

The ceasefire that started on December 9th has recently collapsed, and fighting has resumed between the two sides. Grad rockets and mortar shells are again falling close to the hospital and the people living inside.

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Girl Sitting In A Room
nuwakot, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

Kansi Sester, 25 years old, never leaves here room. She has always been sick and the parents has to be in the house with her at all times.

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Mentally Ill Person Sitting in His Room
kathmandu, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

He had problems for over 10 years and only leaves his room to walk 2 minutes to a temple near by. He says he want to get a job as a driver. Kathmandu, Nepal.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
27 Oct 2013

A mentally disturbed man is stretched out on the pavement in one of the main streets in west Kabul. He receives no assistance. In Afghanistan people with mental disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups of the community. So far several NGOs and government agencies have provided a few services for mental disabilities, but their programs fall far from meeting the needs of these people and there are no specific actions taken to alleviate the problem.

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Saisei - Recovery (26 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Mar 2013

Taka makes preparation for going to his company. He wakes up early every morning because it takes about one hour by a train to go to his company from his home. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2011

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Saisei: Coming To Life
Tokyo, Japan
By U.S. Editor
28 Feb 2013

"Saisei" means to come to life again and to recover through time. In Japan, the annual number of suicides has exceeded 30,000. By prefecture, Tokyo had the most suicides, at 3,100. Furthermore, the annual number of people who attempted suicide is said to be the 10 times. This serious number can clearly represent the tough and difficult social life of Japan. However, this ridiculous number does not appeal any individuals’ struggles behind their real dramas. I am following two parsons who attempted suicide to tell their stories through their cases and look at the meaning of living in this society.

" I still wonder why I am alive here."

Taka Fukushima, 43 years old who quietly decided to kill himself three years ago because he had been suffered from depression and asthma due to stress of work for long time. Then, he hung himself with a thick rope which he had for his hobby, canoeing. As soon as he was found by his grand-father in his room, he was sent to the emergency hospital with his heart stopped beating. The doctor said he would be left with a severe after effect, although he might come arrive. After two weeks, everyone thought it was a miracle when he opened his eyes again and he even did not show much permanent damage. He spent a month in the hospital and took a break for a year. Luckily enough, he has found himself a job in the design industry and decided to return to the society. However, he said that it is not so easy to live again in this society for him because Japanese society tends to not accept people who dropped out even once. Now he is working hard without telling anyone his past of attempting suicide. He said, "I do my best a little more as it is. I feel that I was saved by invisible some kind of will, so I must live".

"I was saved by my child."

Emi Asai, 35 years old has been suffering from depression and panic disorder which caused by a stress of work when she was 21 years old. One day five years ago, she made up in a face neatly and changed into a dress she loved and wrote a will at her room, then she intended to die and took medicine more than 300 tablets. Fortunately, she was found by her husband and was done gastric irrigation immediately at a hospital and escaped death. One year after she leaving a hospital, she became pregnant and a baby has made her get hope to live again. She said, "I still has been suffering from mental disorder and sometime I can not control myself. If I has not been given a child, I would commit suicide again. As far as there is my child, I must live for her". Now she helps her husband's company and studies to get a license of psychology counselor.

In 2012, the number of suicide fell below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years. However it is still high number throughout the world. There are about 300,000 people who attempted suicide in Japan and they are struggling to live like them I have covered.

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Saisei - Recovery (12 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Aug 2012

Taka wearing life jacket for his hoby, canoeing stands alone in a shore. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (23 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jul 2012

Taka has a dinner alone every night. He takes couple of pills to surpress the dejection of his mind since he attempted suicide. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (25 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2012

Taka prays at a shrine every morning before going to his company since he attempted suicide. Tokyo, Japan. Oct. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (22 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2012

Taka is on a way to his home after working. He works hard untill midnight everyday. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (15 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2012

Taka in a train going back to his hometown. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (24 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2012

Taka is in a station. He takes a train to go to a company in rush hour every morning. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2011