Meeting China’s Mental Health Care Needs

Though China’s economy is rapidly developing, its mental health infrastructure is not keeping pace, according to a feature in the New York Times. Having access to therapy, counseling, and even support groups can go a long way in helping people cope, heal, and strengthen. The New York Times feature focuses on the most extreme cases: violent outbursts from people diagnosed with, but not adequately treated for, schizophrenia. If those most drastically in need of psychological help aren’t receiving it, then how much less care is available for people fighting depression, anxiety, and substance abuse? These are issues that seem to grow when a culture is undergoing rapid change, making access to therapy even more pertinent to the people of China.

© Copyright 2010 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to

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  • Matt


    December 3rd, 2010 at 5:25 AM

    It is imperative that a growing country like china gives importance to not only the physical health of its citizens but also mental health. Especially so because there might have been a lot of prejudice and otter things there regarding mental health what with china being an old civilization.

  • Minako


    December 3rd, 2010 at 6:22 AM

    As an Asian I can tell you that mental health care is not highly valued in this community. As a matter of fact receiving this kind of care is actually looked down upon, you are seen as weak for actually seeking this out. So to think that a country that has traditionally been as close minded as China is going to expand its health care offerings in this vein really does surprise me. I hope that it is true but sadly I hardly think that we should hold our collective breath waiting for it to happen.



    December 3rd, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    The approach to implementing such a massive program is very important and what the chinese authorities need to know is that this approach is unique to every country and they just cannot blindly follow what the other countries have done.They will need to devise their own approach.

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