Attention seeking or a cry for help?
I’m not going to try to analyse her motives – I know nothing about her.
Except that, at some time yesterday, in an obviously very disturbed state, this young woman stripped off, climbed out the window of an 11th floor Liuzhou hotel room and threatened to jump.
Today, it’s all over the local media. Had she climbed out clothed, it would hardly have raised a mention. It is too common. Few ever actually jump – those that do tend to pick soft landings like the river where, after the dramatic gesture, they are then able to swim to safety or are picked up by the river police.
There is something very sick in China’s mental health care. There isn’t any, really. Support groups? Forget it. Counselling? In your dreams.
The local media have described the woman as a ‘drug addict”. How do they know this? Do they have access to her medical records? Or are they just jumping to conclusions? I don’t know.
The reportage from the local press is hardly sympathetic, but more voyeuristic with whole series of photos. I hesitated before posting any, unlike Liuzhou Daily which happily showed a whole library while equally happily deriding the woman.
The woman was rescued by fire-fighters and medical staff after a two hour stand-off.