By the numbers: Mental health in the Middle Kingdom

By Will Wu, August 20, 2015

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Looking at mental health in China, by the numbers:



There are 955 psychiatric hospitals in China, with 81 in Guangdong.



267 universities in China have a department of psychology. Twenty of them are in the PRD.



Relatively low income, little sense of achievement and being misunderstood by peers and the general public are the three main hinderances to the growth of the psychiatric profession.



China now has 20,500 licensed psychiatrists and 30,000 licensed psychiatric nurses, up from 16,103 and 24,793 respectively in 2009.



The average income of a psychiatric medical worker in China is 1/3 less than other medical personnel.



According to a survey conducted jointly by Guangzhou Huiai Hospital and Peking University, for every 1,000 Guangzhouers there are 15 psychoses.


One in very 13 people in China has some form of mental illness. Sixteen million suffer from a severe disorder.



China is home to 17.6 million schizophrenia patients.



China has 1.5 psychiatrists and 2.2 nurses per 100,000 patients. The world average is 4 psychiatrists and 13 nurses per 100,000 patients.



It takes at least 50 minutes to create a well-rounded patient profile, but on average only 15 minutes are allotted to each patient in China.



Around 60 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder. 


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