Depression hits half of police force in China province

Beijing: More than 50 per cent of the police officers in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, a rusting industrial belt, suffer from depression with many complaining of anxiety and stress, a study has revealed.

The study revealed that 61 per cent of the officers questioned from Tiexi Public Security Bureau in Shenyang had depression, with 10 per cent of them suffering a severe form of the condition. The figure was 58 per cent and 8.7 per cent respectively in the city’s Heping Public Security Bureau. The survey showed that major issues affecting police were work stress, family harmony, the education of their children, and communication with colleagues.

Many officers said they experienced problems while carrying out their duties.

The study was carried out among 5,126 officers in Liaoning, a leading heavy industry base of China and involved 200 psychologists. “I always feel my nerves are shredded, from the moment I open my eyes in the morning till I go to bed at night,” said an officer who identified herself as Tuzi, a 26-year-old woman who joined the police in Shenyang about two years ago. “Even though the only thing I want after work is sleep, the condition of some of my other colleagues is even worse,” she was quoted as saying by ‘China Daily’. “Police officers at the grass-roots level are under great pressures, but have little means to release it. This leads to physical and psychological problems, and has a negative impact on them and even our society,” psychology office director of Liaoning Judicatory Officer Administration Institution, Li Yingchun, said.