Mental Health MH07, 2018 – 2023

Linking Hearts: Advancing Mental Health Care of University Students in Jinan.


Need for the Proposed Study In China, rapid industrialization and economic growth have led to tremendous stress on individuals living in large cities. Epidemiological data indicated a prevalence of 17.5% of all mental disorders, 6.1% of mood disorders, and 5.6% of anxiety disorders.

Further, recent data suggested that mental disorders accounted for 9.5% of all disability-adjusted life-years and 23.6% of all years lived with disability in China, which translate into a loss of gross national product at CNY2,681 billion. Young people constitute a particularly vulnerable population for the onset of major mental illness, including mood and anxiety disorders as well as psychosis. The prevalence of depression and anxiety among children and youth (13-26) in China ranges from 16% to 24%.3 Further, the prevalence of depression among university students is even higher at 20 to 30%, which is alarming given that one in five of the world’s college/university students are in China. Academic pressure, achievement expectations, study stress, living away from home, and ineffective coping strategies were found to be associated with mental distress and psychological disorders, including suicide idealization, self-abuse, internet addiction, anxiety and depression. Targeted prevention, early identification, and intervention are critical in light of increasing evidence on the association between the duration of untreated mental disorders and negative clinical outcomes.9

Funding organisations

  • Mental Health MH07
  • China
  • 2018 – 2023