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City promotes mental health services on big scale

SHANGHAI launched a trial program today in Changning and Minhang districts to offer mental health services to local residents and detect early signs of mental disorders in them.

The program targets certain groups of people – those with chronic diseases or high-stress occupations, primary and middle school students and preschoolers – and offers timely intervention and treatment to people suffering depression, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

The Shanghai Mental Health Center, which conducts the program, said they will expand mental health services from just 1 percent of local people with mental diseases to the entire population.

Shanghai will be the first in the country to conduct mental health screening on children and provide mental crisis intervention to youngsters. It also provides intervention to people suffering occupational depression, anxiety and sleep disorder.

People who are diagnosed of mental disorders will receive professional treatment or be introduced to a psychiatric hospital for further diagnosis and treatment.

A national survey shows that about 15 percent of Chinese at and above the age of 15 suffer some kind of mental disorders, while 30 million juveniles have emotional disorder and behavioral problems.

A Shanghai survey conducted between 2006 and 2009 shows that about one fifth of local residents suffered some kind of mental illness at certain points of their lives and about one eighth of them revealed some kind of mental and behavioral problems.


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