Overseas Chinese students afflicted with mental illness in UK

14:45, May 21, 2010      

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According to a report by the Chinese Business Gazette UK, overseas students studying in the United Kingdom do not have to pay expensive tuition fees, but have to face pressure from studies, jobs and visas. In recent times, more Chinese students in the United Kingdom have developed mental illness because of heavy pressures they face in life.

Arrest because of undocumented labor causes mental illness

Last year, a Chinese student surnamed Li was arrested because he was working without the proper documents and his visa had expired. While in custody, Li started to suffer from mental illness, so he was transferred to a hospital for treatment. Recently, accompanied by police, doctors and a translator, he was sent back to China.

Li came to the United Kingdom in September 2005 and he did some work to relieve the economic burden of his family when he was not in school. Li's visa was due to expire in April 2009, so in order to save some trouble and money, he asked a friend for help renewing it. However, months passed and his new visa still had not arrived.

One day last May, he was arrested and held in custody by local police, which meant he may be deported before completing his graduate examination. With this pressure bearing down on him, Li's mental health started to deteriorate. Police transferred him to a hospital for more than one year, and then his situation began to improve.

Pressure from studies cause mental illness

Liu came to United King two years ago from Shenyang, China. As a senior high school student, he left home for the first time and started a new life inside a totally strange country. Because of his poor English skills and the unfamiliar schooling environment and people, he started to feel scared and was afraid of talking to others.

In order to catch up with others, he usually studied late into the night, which led over time to him developing psychosis. Now, he has returned to his home in China.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:王寒露)

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