Mental Health Center
Established in 1938, the Mental Health Center of West China Hospital, Sichuan University is the first institute of mental health in Southwestern China and one of the four major bases for mental health in the country. It is now a part of West China Hospital, the greatest hospital in the country. Several decades’ development has made it a first-class institution in patient care, education and research. Currently, the center includes clinical division, teaching and research division, mental health institute, a training center for psychotherapists and a forensic center. The Mental Health Centre is the main educator and mental health service provider in Southwest China.
The division of patient care includes an outpatient section and several inpatient wards with a total of 200 beds which has specializations in psychosis, psychosomatic diseases, geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, substance abuse and psychiatric rehabilitation. The center serves over 100,000 patients every year.
The teaching and research division provides educational programs in four main disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, nursing and general education to the students of clinical medicine , stomatology, public health, forensic medicine, basic medicine, pharmacology and other departments in the university. The curricula includes general psychology, medical psychology , psychiatry, guideline to clinical medicine, rehabilitation psychology, management psychology, nursing psychology, psychiatric nursing, developmental psychology, etc.. Apart from the educational programs on campus, the center also provides various training courses to other comprehensive hospitals and specialized hospitals under the warrant of National Committee of Education. In the center, there is a continuing educational program for doctors from other hospitals and regular lectures for patients and their families. There is also a relatively independent training center of psychotherapist. The Southwest Training Center for Psychotherapist was established in January 2002 in the form of social support education. It aims at training professional psychotherapist. Up to now it has trained over 300 psychotherapists from hospitals, enterprises and universities. The Center’s research programs are supported by the Mental Health Institute. The research area includes molecular biology, electrophysiology, psychopharmacology, clinical psychology and forensic psychiatry. In the past five years, over $10 million RMB research fund has been granted from over 40 programs including national nine-five key projects, National “973” Task, National Natural Science Foundation, National Drug Inspection Program, CMB supported programs, ministry and provincial programs and several co-operational programs. Altogether about 300 articles has been published during the same period. Internationally, the center has established a good rapport with centers in France, the United Kingdom and the United States through many collaborative efforts. These international programs have generated many new aspects of further development for the center and solidify the strength of the research center.