, September 11, according to the website of the National Health Commission, in order to implement the requirements of the "Healthy China Action (2019-2030)" mental health promotion action, increase efforts to prevent depression and encourage the psychosocial service system The establishment of pilot areas to explore the development of special services for the prevention and treatment of depression, the General Office of the National Health Commission recently issued the "Working Plan for Exploring Special Services for the Prevention and Treatment of Depression."

The plan requires medical and health institutions, physical examination centers, colleges and universities to carry out depression screening through various online and offline methods.

  The plan has determined the work goals for the pilot area by 2022, including 80% of the public’s awareness of depression prevention and treatment, a 50% increase in the treatment rate of depression, a 30% increase in the treatment rate, and an increase in the recognition rate of depression by physicians in non-psychiatric hospitals 50% etc.

  The plan clarified six key tasks: One is to strengthen prevention and control knowledge education.

The pilot areas are required to strengthen departmental collaboration, adopt a variety of publicity methods and channels, and widely carry out popularization of knowledge about depression prevention and treatment.

  The second is to carry out screening and evaluation.

Medical and health institutions, physical examination centers, colleges and universities, etc., are required to carry out depression screening through online and offline methods.

  The third is to improve the ability of early diagnosis and standardized treatment.

Require medical and health institutions at all levels, maternity and child health hospitals, Chinese medicine hospitals, etc. to open psychiatric (psychological) departments, increase the training of non-psychiatric specialists, and improve the ability to identify and diagnose depression.

  The fourth is to increase intervention for key groups.

Mental health service measures are proposed for adolescents, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with high-pressure occupations.

  The fifth is to strengthen psychological hotline services.

It is required to build the psychological assistance hotline into a convenient platform for the public to conduct mental health consultation, help, diversion, crisis intervention, and referral.

  The sixth is to carry out psychological intervention in a timely manner.

All localities are required to establish and improve professional psychological crisis intervention teams to organize and carry out psychological counseling and psychological intervention in time when emergencies occur.