The urgency of now: Building a recovery-oriented, community mental health service in China

Samson Tse, Mao Sheng Ran, Yueqin Huang, Shimin Zhu

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-616
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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