Shanghai Expats Mental Health China

Mental Health China: Shanghai Resources

Shanghai can be an amazing experience or a challenging experience and everything in between.  

Many people arrive in Shanghai with the expectation that they have left all their problems at home. The fact is, they bring it all with them and the stresses of living in a challenging new environment exacerbate these issues faster and stronger with fewer familiar resources at hand.

Children with school issues will experience a honeymoon period initially, but the problems will surface. The expatriate schools are very academic with high expectations. Especially teenage students who are not the academic types may struggle. Students who were sports stars in their previous school may not get on a team initially.

We do have resources and these resources are improving and developing daily. We have some amazing talent within our Shanghai mental health community.

One of the issues is that Shanghai is a revolving community. People come and people go. This is the same with the therapists who are our resources.

A good therapist can help you with support and guidance regarding the resources available. Do your research. Talk with others who have seen a therapist in Shanghai. Ask your doctor. Find the therapist that is a good fit for you.

Mental Health China: Common Mental Health Issues of Shanghai Expats

Family, Marital, Dating, Infidelity, Parenting

Work Stress, School Stress, Shanghai Stress (Traffic, Daily Frustrations, Language)

Shanghai has a stress all of its own. It is noisy, highly populated, visually busy, busy.

Missing Family and Friends back home. Missing the traveling spouse who is traveling to exotic places, staying in 5-star hotels, and not available for the day-to-day sharing of family responsibilities.

Seasonal Depression, Clinical Depression and Situational Depression

Alcohol and Drugs are an issue for kids and adults. Marijuana and cocaine are easily available.

Mental Health China Resources

Shanghai International Mental Health Association (SIMHA)
Lists Therapists of all nationalities with practices in Shanghai and their expertise. Credentials have been verified to the best of our ability. It is very important that people do their homework when selecting a therapist. Remember people can reinvent themselves in Shanghai, which is a good thing and a bad thing, so do some background checking.

LifeLine Shanghai
Tel: 6279 8990
Free, Confidential, Anonymous Phone Support. Referrals are given for credentialed providers.
10am-10pm 365 days a year

Parkway Medical: Psychology Department

Family United Hospital: Mental Health Department

Alcoholics Anonymous

Essential Learning Group
Provides services for special needs children including testing and speech therapy.

Most of the expatriate schools have school counselors for school issues.

Dr. Debi Yohn

Shanghai Mental Health Specialist

Dr. Debi Yohn is an international psychologist, sex therapist, Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator, author, mentor, mother and speaker with 40 years experience living and working on three continents.

She taught in Saudi Arabia for seven years, worked for two Fortune 500 organizations, one in healthcare and one in insurance. Then she developed her own private practice in Shanghai, China for the 300,000 strong English speaking, expat community.

She is a founding mother of "LifeLine Shanghai", an English speaking 911 service to help expats in need. In our complicated, often crazy world, Dr. Yohn teaches specific strategies to bring joy and relaxation to your life even when things don't look so good.

She currently lives between Shanghai, China and South Florida. She travels the world working with her clients, writing and managing her diversified business and charitable interests.

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