Students leave after their first exam of the National College Entrance Examination in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on June 7. They are among a cohort of young people in China whose mental health may be affected by the pandemic for some time. Photo: AFP
Students leave after their first exam of the National College Entrance Examination in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on June 7. They are among a cohort of young people in China whose mental health may be affected by the pandemic for some time. Photo: AFP

China’s strict zero-Covid measures take a large-scale toll on youth mental health

  • The impact of youth mental illness caused by prolonged lockdowns, family separation, remote learning and dim job prospects may affect China for years
  • Doctor says most mental health symptoms abate but he has seen young people develop gaming addictions, sleep issues and reluctance to go outside

Students leave after their first exam of the National College Entrance Examination in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on June 7. They are among a cohort of young people in China whose mental health may be affected by the pandemic for some time. Photo: AFP
Students leave after their first exam of the National College Entrance Examination in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on June 7. They are among a cohort of young people in China whose mental health may be affected by the pandemic for some time. Photo: AFP
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