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Open Access The current status of community mental health services in three northern areas of China

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Objective: This study investigated and discussed the current status of community mental health service in three northern areas of China (Beijing, Harbin, and Karamay) in an effort to improve the community mental health services in China.

Methods: In this study 176 residents from communities of the three northern areas of China were involved and divided into 18 groups. The study was conducted according to a self-prepared structured interview outline.

Results: The analysis was conducted based on the following four perspectives: 1. community residents’ understanding of the mental health problems and how they treated psychiatric patients; 2. community residents’ access to and application of mental health information; 3. community residents’ attitude to accept mental health services and the factors influencing community residents to seek help from mental health services; and 4. community residents’ attitude and willingness to participate in the activities of community mental health services.

Conclusion: Based on the investigation and analysis regarding the current status of the community mental health services in three northern areas of China, it is concluded that the residents do not have s clear and complete understanding of mental health. The characteristics of mental health services had a regional correlation. Currently, the mental health services do not work effectively, and the residents are somewhat passive in obtaining information about mental health. Community mental health services should be offered according to different individual needs of the residents and the actual situations of each region.

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Keywords: Community mental health services; Current status of services; Group interviews; Service demands; Service modes; Service resources

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-03-01

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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