A video has been released showing a man in China jumping off a bridge multiple times as a means of curing his depression.

The footage from China Central Television (CCTV) shows the unidentified young male, wearing a green T-shirt and blue jeans, stand on a bridge guardrail swinging his arms and preparing to jump into the Xiang River in the country's south west Guizhou province.

Passersby try to dissuade the man from jumping, but he ultimately takes the plunge into the water below. After swimming to shore, the man then proceeds to clamber back on to the bridge rail and repeat the feat two more times, according to CCTV.

He told onlookers that he jumped multiple times into the river as a way of getting rid of his bad mood. He only stopped leaping off the bridge after the insistence of local residents.