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Turning Disaster into Love—Psychological Assistance
       Fu Chun-sheng, director of the Beijing Institute of Psychological Medicine, led more than 500 volunteer psychological medical workers to provide psychological assistance to the victims of the May 12th, 2008 Sizchuan Earthquake. Fu Chun-sheng’s team were always the first to arrive in the later April 14th, 2010 Yushu Earthquake, the August 18th Zhouqu Mudslides, and the Yingjiang Earthquake on March 10th, 2011. He has persevered in disaster rescue for over four years, and provided much-needed help to the victims of grief and shock. In especial, he has provided psychological guidance to the people of the Beichuan Qiang Automonous County in Sizchuan Province, helped them to overcome their grief and embrace the future, and he has worked with numerous charity groups and foundations from Taiwan, the Doctors without Borders Organization, The University of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and other psychological institutes, Jingde Charities, The Ren-ai Foundation as well as other NGOs to collectively sign a disaster aftermath psychological assistance project. He has utilized newspaper, magazine, television, radio and internet broadcasting mediums including over 100 news media agencies to spread knowledge of psychological assistance and the many touching true stories of people helping themselves and helping others. He has been the best example in leading his team of more than 500 psychological medical volunteers—never leaving victims’ sides until the tens of thousands of people who have lost their loved ones rediscover their dignity of life. He is a true “Savior of Disasters.”
As a child, he learned to “Do unto others as you would have other do unto yourself”
      Fu Chun-sheng was born in Hebei Province Zaoqiang County in 1972. His father was an elementary school headmaster, his mother a farmer, a typical and humble family. Fu Chun-sheng learned at a very early age the importance of kindness and generosity—treating others well and helping others is in essence doing the same for one’s self. Indeed, one’s respect for oneself comes precisely from acts of help and kindness. Fu Chun-sheng cultivated from childhood on his strong passion for giving others help and assistance. Chun-sheng’s mother always had to rise early and work in the gardens and fields, and gradually she came to experience constant pain in her shoulders and ankles. She sought medical assistance far and wide, but because of a lack in medical resources, her ailments were never really cured, and often she would wake up in the night because of the pain. The filial Fu Chun-sheng promised himself that he would study medicine so that he would one day be able to help his mother, and others like her who are in need.
A granted wish, a newly made ER physician
      Fu Chun-sheng was successfully admitted into the Hebei Provincial Medical College, and graduated with first place flying honors. He was assigned to the Hebei Province Red Cross Emergency Medical Center, and in the four years he served there, he saved thousands of people and saw all manner of life and death. After Fu Chun-sheng was transferred to the Internal Medicine Division, he came into contact with many psychiatric patients. They were depressed, losing sleep, and some were even suicidal. Many of them had been admitted for physical problems, but were actually suffering from psychological issues. Fu Chun-sheng endeavored to get a grasp on the cause of each patient’s complaint, he reduced drug usage, and tried to reach out to each and every patient by communicating with them and understanding their needs. His methods enabled him to successfully and rapidly reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression in his psychiatric patients.
Working as a full-fledged psychological medical professional
      In 2002, Fu Chun-sheng received early admission into the Institute of Psychology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences for further education in psychoanalysis-oriented psychological therapy training. The three years Fu Chun-sheng spent in this program inspired in him an immense attachment to the field to psychology. His aptness at applying psychological theory and techniques in field work provided his visiting patients with a sense of self-respect and happiness that enabled them to better conform to society and reduce their levels of anxiety, depressions and suicidal thoughts. In 2005, Fu Chun-sheng established, within a short period of time, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Century Training College of Psychology and the Tienjing Municipal Good-Friend Psychological Consultations Co., LTD. In 2007, he established the Beijing Institute of Psychological Medicine, and has since trained over 1000 psychological counselors. Furthermore, he has petitioned for government approval for providing psychological counseling permits, his solution to the career problems counselors have been encountering in China.
Turning disaster into love—disaster areas are his home
      On May 12th, 2008, an exceptionally strong earthquake hit Sizchuan Province of China, and as a result nearly 200,000 people died, and the 2,000,000 who have lost their loved ones were thrust into the deeps of massive grief. Fu Chun-sheng was the first person to lead a team of psychological medical volunteers deep into the badly-hit regions of Beichuan County. The first things he saw were the masses of tents all over the hillsides, most of which sheltered people who had fleed Beichuan. 30% of the victims had lost 10 or more relatives, and over 90% had lost at least one immediate family member.
      At the time, sobs and crying could often be heard emitting from the tents. Many survivors refused to step outside, to eat, or to communicate; most wanted to the follow the footsteps of their dead family members, many were suicidal. There were few truly qualified psychology workers, and the difficulties in field work and lack of empathy training caused many counselors to feel at loss and helpless as to what to do.
      Fu Chun-sheng attacked the issues from all sides. He gave pep talks to the counselors and became their mainstay; he set himself as an example by instructing the counselors to do case studies and successfully alternate between the different methods of individual and group counseling.
      Fu Chun-sheng, along with his team of over 500 psychological counseling volunteers, took care to look after every single earthquake victims. Fu Chun-sheng heard countless touching and moving tales in his visits to the tents. All of this made him even more deeply understand the pain victims in disaster areas undergo. He became determined to collect all available resources and to give them all the help he could, so that they may gradually gain in self-empowerment and willpower. This is the only way in which they may rise from the debris, take on reality, and establish hopes for the future.
Promising to stand by the last victims in need of assistance
      According to numerous international studies, PTSD victims require at least 3 to 5 years of recovery in order to leave behind their grief and loss. Therefore, Fu Chun-sheng determined he would stay for at least 5 years in the disaster area, and make it his own home. Fu Chun-sheng is immensely grateful to his wife and children for their consent and supports, and is even more thankful for the many Taiwanese charitable groups, the Doctors without Borders Organization, The University of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and other NGOs, for their collective help in executing the disaster aftermath psychological assistance project and reducing the suicide occurrences in these areas. His exertions in stimulating the force of life until it becomes all encompassing has enabled many to rediscover the meaning of life, to step out of the darkness, and to live life to the fullest.