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Mental care for landslide survivors

08-14-2010 08:54 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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A deadly disaster sometimes causes more damage to the minds of victims, than to their bodies. In the case of Zhouqu County, many survivors are reaching out for a helping hand. Ren Ting takes a look at the assistance they're receiving.

This 18-year-old girl lost both her parents, and her brother, in the landslide.

She had also given up on herself by the time she was hospitalized with a leg injury.

Dr. Hu Jun, Lanzhou Military Hospitail, said, "When she came, she would barely eat or talk. We also found her crying to herself a lot."

She's not the only desperate survivor.

This man saw his wife taken away by a mud flow, before making a narrow escape himself.

He then stopped talking and eating.

Doctors tried to patiently talk him out of this situation.

Hou Aiguo, Vice President, Tianshui Third People's Hospital, said, "We talk to patients face to face. We want them to talk about their pain. We share their grief, to let them release their pain, so that we can help them get through their hardest time."

The man finally gained the courage to live on.

Doctors specializing in mental health say there are many people in need of help. They stress that survivors don't have to hold in their feelings, and should instead speak about their pain, in order to put their grief behind them.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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