Chengdu Mental Health Project

About CMHP

Chengdu Mental Health Project (CMHP) is an ongoing longitudinal mental health project started from the early 1990s (1994 - present). Dr. Mao-Sheng Ran is founder and principal investigator of the CMHP. The CMHP has been conducting in six townships (population: about 150,000) in Xinjin County, Chengdu, China. The CMHP once received funding support from various resources, such as CMB, NIH, AFSP, HKU, and et al. By now four-wave follow-up investigations have been conducted in 1994, 2004, 2008, and 2015. A multidisciplinary team has being worked together in the CMHP. A very broad research area (e.g., social development and mental health, mental health policy, community mental health care, and et al) has been included in the CMHP. Over 70 papers (in English and Chinese) and 1 book have been published from the series studies of the CMHP. The CMHP has been developed as a unique international collaborative longitudinal follow-up project in mental illness and mental health services in the world.

Mission

The mission of the CMHP is to improve the lives of people with mental illness through continued innovative research, community care programs, interventions and education.

Goals

  • To explore the changes of mental illness profiles and outcomes, and mental health services during a period of rapid socioeconomic development
  • To facilitate the development of mental health policies through continued innovative research in community
  • To promote mental health care system so as to provide effective support and intervention for people with mental illness
  • To eliminate barriers to quality care and dignified life in the community

Research Team

Founder and Principal Investigator
Mao-Sheng Ran., MMed., PhD Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Honorary Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong
Consultants
Meng-Ze Xiang., MD Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychiatry, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, China
Yue-Qin Huang., PhD Vice-President, China Disabled Persons’ Federation; Professor, Director, Division of Social Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Institute of Mental Health, Peking University, China
Robert Waldinger., MD Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development; Director, Center for Psychodynamic Therapy & Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Pei-Yi Liu., MD Vice Director, Science and Education Committee, Chengdu Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference 成都市政协科教委 副主任
Investigators
Cecilia Lai Wan Chan., PhD Si Yuan Professor in Health and Social Work, Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
Eric Yu-Hai Chen., MD Professor, Head, Department of Psychiatry; Director of Psychosis Studies and Intervention Program (PSI), HKU; Director of Jockey Club Early Psychosis Project (JCEP), HKU
Siuman Ng., PhD Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
Cheryl Chiu., PhD Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
Collaborators
Larry Davidson., PhD Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University; Director, Program for Recovery and Community Health
Graham Thornicroft., PhD Professor of Community Psychiatry, King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience; Director, King’s Improvement Science, King’s Health Partners
Irene Wong., PhD Associate Professor, Affiliated Investigator, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Lawrence Yang., PhD Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center
Bo Liu., MD Dean, Professor, Jingzhou Mental Health Center, Hubei, China
Jie Li., MD Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Guangzhou Medical University; Vice-President, Guangzhou Huiai Hospital, China
Xue Bai., PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Xin-Yi Zhao., PhD Assistant Professor, Institute of Medical Humanities, Peking University Health Science Center
Collaborative Institutes
Chengdu Mental Health Center
Xinjin Mental Hospital
Guangyuan Mental Health Center

Research Areas

Social development and mental health, Mental health policy, Community mental health care, Social support and social welfare, Psychosocial intervention, Stigma intervention, Help-seeking behavior, Treatment, Long-term outcome of mental illness, Mortality and suicide, Health disparity

Funding

The CMHP once received funding support from various resources (selected).

  • China Medical Board of New York (CMB, Grant No: 92-557). 1993-1997.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH, GRIP, Grant No: 1 R01 TW007260-01). 2005-2010.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 2007-2009.
  • Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research, HKU. 2014-2016.
  • Seed Funding Programme for Applied Research, HKU. 2014-2015.
  • Strategic Research Theme (SRT): Contemporary China Seed Funding, HKU. 2014-2016.
  • Penn China Research and Engagement Fund, UPenn. 2015-2018.

Publications

Over 70 peer-reviewed papers and 1 book have been published (selected).

1. Ran, M.S., Chui, C.H.K., Wong, I.Y.L., Mao, W.J., Lin, F.R., Liu, B., Chan, C.L.W. (2016). Family caregivers and outcome of people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 51: 513-520.
2. Ran, M.S., Weng, X., Chan, C.L.W., Chen, E.Y.H., Tang, C.P., Lin, F.R., Mao, W.J., Hu, S.H., Huang, Y.Q., Xiang, M.Z. (2015). Different Outcomes of Never-Treated and Treated Patients with Schizophrenia: 14-year Follow-up Study in Rural China. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207(6): 495-500.
3. Ran, M.S., Chan, C.L.W., Ng, S.M., Guo, L.T., Xiang, M.Z. (2015). The Effectiveness of Psychoeducational Family Intervention for Patients with Schizophrenia in a 14-year Follow-up Study in a Chinese Rural Area. Psychological Medicine, 45(10): 2197-2204.
4. Ran, M.S., Mao, W.J., Chan, C.L.W., Chen, E.Y.H., Conwell, Y. (2015). Gender differences in outcomes in people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 206 (4): 283-288.
5. Ran, M.S., Chen, S.Y., Chen E.Y., Ran, B.Y., Tang, C.P., Lin, F.R., Li, L., Li, S.G., Mao, W.J., Hu, S.H. (2011). Risk Factors for Poor Work Functioning of Persons with Schizophrenia in Rural China. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 46, 1087-1093.
6. Ran, M.S., Chen, P.Y., Liao, Z.G., Chan, C.L.W., Chen, E.Y.H., Tang, C.P., Mao, W.J., Lamberti, S., Conwell, Y. (2010). Criminal Behavior among Persons with Schizophrenia in Rural China. Schizophrenia Research, 122, 213-218.
7. Ran, M. S., Chan, C. L. W., Chen, E. Y. H., Mao, W. J., Hu, S.H., Tang, C. P., Lin, F.R., & Conwell, Y. (2009). Differences in Mortality and Suicidal Behaviour between Treated and Never-Treated Persons with Schizophrenia in Rural China. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195, 126-131.
8. Ran, M. S., Chan, C. L. W., Chen, E. Y. H., Tang, C. P., Lin, F. R., Li, L., Li, S. G., Mao, W. J., Hu, S. H., Schwab, G., & Conwell. Y. (2008). Mortality of Geriatric and Younger Patients with Schizophrenia in the Community. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38(2), 143-151.
9. Ran, M. S., Chen, E. Y. H., Conwell, Y., Chan, C. L. W., Yip, P. S. F., Xiang, M. Z., & Caine, E. D. (2007). Mortality in Persons with Schizophrenia in Rural China: A 10-Year Cohort Study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 190, 237-242.
10. Ran, M. S., Chan, C. L. W., Chen, E. Y. H., Xiang, M. Z., Caine, E. D., & Conwell, Y. (2006). Homelessness among patients with schizophrenia in rural China: A 10-year cohort study. Acta Psychiatr Scand, 114, 118-123.
11. Ran, M. S., Xiang, M. Z., Simpson, P., & Chan, C. L. W. (2005). Family-Based Mental Health Care In Rural China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
12. Ran, M. S., Xiang, M. Z., Conwell, Y., Lamberti, J. S., Huang, M. S., Shan, Y. H., & Hu, X. Z. (2004). Comparison of Characteristics between Geriatric and Younger Patients with Schizophrenia in Community. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 38, 417-424.
13. Ran, M S., Chan, C. L. W., Xiang, M. Z., & Wu, Q. H. (2003). Suicide attempts among patients with psychosis in a Chinese rural community. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 107, 430-435.
14. Ran, M. S., Xiang, M. Z., Chan, C. L. W., Leff, J., Simpson, P., Huang, M. S., Shan, Y. H., & Li, S. G. (2003). Effectiveness of psychoeducational intervention for rural Chinese families experiencing schizophrenia: A randomised controlled trial. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 38, 69-75.
15. Ran, M. S., Xiang, M. Z., Li, S. X., Shan, Y. H., Huang, M. S., Li, S. G., Liu, Z. R., Chen, E. Y. H., & Chan, C. L. W. (2003). Prevalence and course of schizophrenia in a Chinese rural area. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37(4), 452-457.
16. Ran, M. S., Leff, J., Hou, Z. J., Xiang, M. Z., & Chan, C. L. W. (2003). The characteristics of expressed emotion among relatives of patients with schizophrenia in Chengdu, China. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 27 (1), 95-106.
17. Ran, M. S., Xiang, M. Z., Huang, M. S., & Shan, Y. H. (2001). Natural course of schizophrenia: two-year follow-up study in a rural Chinese community. British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, 154-158.
18. Ran, M. S., & Xiang, M. Z. (1995). A study of schizophrenic patients’ treatment compliance in a rural community. Journal of Mental Health, 1, 85-89.
19. Xiang, M. Z., Ran, M. S., & Li, S. G. (1994). A controlled evaluation of psychoeducational family intervention in a rural Chinese community. British Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 544-548.