Assessing Mental Health Among MSM in Chongqing, China

In many countries around the world, men who have sex with men (MSM) experience stigma, discrimination and violence due to their sexual minority status and are at an increased risk for psychological distress, mental health disorders, suicidal ideation, suicide and substance use disorders. Although little research has been conducted on the mental health status of MSM in China, existing studies have found high rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and attempted suicide. Mental health services have been found to significantly improve mental health outcomes among MSM in China, however utilization of services remains extremely low.

The objective of this study is to determine the mental health status of MSM living in Chongqing, factors contributing to mental health status, mental health treatment utilization, and preferences for interventions that could improve mental health outcomes among MSM. In order to achieve this objective, we will conduct an online survey with 300 MSM to assess mental health status, factors contributing to mental health status, mental health treatment utilization, and preferences for interventions that could help MSM improve mental health outcomes. This study will be led by Dr. Sara LeGrand (DGHI) and Dr. Fan Zhang (Chongqing Medical University).

PI: Sara LeGrand

CHPIR staff: Beth Stringfield

Funder: Duke Global Health Institute

Project dates: 5/1/16 – 2/28/17