M. Zhao, China

Shanghai Mental Health Center Shanghai Drug Abuse Treatment Cente
Min Zhao, Ph.D & MD, Professor in psychiatry and vice president of Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Dr. Zhao has been engaged in clinical, teaching and scientific research in psychiatry and addiction since 1996. She has received more than 20 research national and international grants from WHO and NIH. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 6 books, 30 book chapters. She is on the editorial board of peer review journals including Addiction, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. She is a member of informal scientific group of UNODC, and a member of international advisory group and FSCG of ICD-11 mental, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders(MBD) and led the field study of ICD-11 MBD in China. She is the vice president of Chinese Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Association, Executive Committee of Chinese Society of Psychiatry and Chairman of Committee of Shanghai Society of Psychiatry.

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Symposium: The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Mental Health Professionals: Two Large Longitudinal Studies (ID 134) No Topic Needed

S0094 - Mental Health Response to COVID-19 in China and Impact on Psychiatrists

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Pre-Recorded with Live Q&A
Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
15:30 - 17:00
Channel 4
Lecture Time
15:47 - 16:04


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The COVID-19 outbreak has raised numerous challenges for mental health service system in China. The pandemic has many affects on clinical, research and teaching, due to the strict quarantine in china. Fight the COVID-19 became the most important thing in work. We outlined major mental health needs during COVID-19 outbreak from the exiting studies and challenges for mental health professionals, and how to manage these challenges in China. To reduce the risk of negative psychological outcomes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Health Authority of China and different national academic societies have integrated mental health crisis interventions into the general deployment of disease prevention and treatment. The NHCC developed a mental health triage strategy to provide four levels of psychological crisis interventions. More than 20 specific guidelines and expert consensus for mental health services for the COVID-19 outbreak were disseminated by the end of February 2020 to provide timely guidance for frontline health care professionals. External mental health expert teams in other provinces were also established to provide emergency mental health services in Hubei province, China. In addition, widespread adoption of online public education, psychological counseling, and hotline services have been set up for those in need. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been under control in China, we should take a proactive lead to share its protocol of emergency mental health services with other countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also international cooperation is urgely needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Large-scale epidemiological surveys should be conducted to examine the prevalence of mental health problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to inform the development of appropriate mental health services in future.