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Mental Health Care Reforms in Asia: The Urgency of Now: Building a Recovery-Oriented, Community Mental Health Service in China
Samson Tse, M.Sc., Ph.D.; Mao-Sheng Ran, M.D., Ph.D.; Yueqin Huang, M.P.H., Ph.D.; Shimin Zhu, M.Ed.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.000022013
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Dr. Tse and Ms. Zhu are affiliated with the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (e-mail: samsont@hku.hk). Dr. Ran is with the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, and with the Department of Psychiatry, Sichuan University, Sichuan, China. Dr. Huang is with the Institute of Mental Health, Peking University, Beijing, China. Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., served as editor of this column.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

Abstract

For the first time in history, China has a mental health legal framework. People in China can now expect a better life and more accessible, better-quality health care services for their loved ones. Development of a community mental health service (CMHS) is at a crossroads. In this new column on mental health reforms in Asia, the authors review the current state of the CMHS in China and propose four strategic directions for future development: building on the strengths of the “686 Project,” the 2004 initiative that launched China’s mental health reform; improving professional skills of the mental health workforce, especially for a recovery approach; empowering families and caregivers to support individuals with severe mental illness; and using information and communications technology to promote self-help and reduce the stigma associated with psychiatric disorders.

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