University of Washington School of Public Health


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Mental Health in the People's Republic of China: An Epidemiological Journey

Date/Time: October 15, 2013, 6:30pm8:00pm
Location: Kane Hall, Room 120, UW campus

Dr. Michael Phillips, 2013 Alumnus of the Year at the UW School of Public Health, has spent his career in China in the field of mental health and suicide. He is currently Director of the Suicide Research and Prevention Center at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.

His lecture will provide a historical overview of the changing landscape of mental health in China since liberation (1949) with an emphasis on the economic reform era, which started in 1978. Dr. Phillips, who has lived and worked in China since 1985, will describe the many social, economic and political factors that have influenced the perception and management of mental disorders in China through the lens of his own personal experiences. He will describe the pattern of mental illnesses in the country identified in a large epidemiological study, the dramatically changing rates of suicide, and the governments' gradual recognition of the importance of mental illnesses, as exemplified in the recent passage of China's first national mental health law.



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