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Shanghai’s harsh lockdown may be over but the potential for another ‘massive crisis’ remains

Chen Cabin says her 74-year-old sister, who lived alone in Shanghai, was “panic and short of breath” when she spoke to her on the phone in early April.

Warning: This article discusses suicide and mental illness.

Five days later, she got a call from her niece, who told her that her sister had taken her own life.

Like millions of Shanghai residents, Yanan had been living in lockdown in her tiny apartment for several weeks, after restrictions were imposed in late March to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak.

Mr. Chen believed that being locked inside the apartment would scare Yanan because he had experienced claustrophobia in the past.

He said other lockdown-related stressors, including food shortages, also contributed to the decline in his mental health before his death.

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