Mental Health Research Project

a photo of the mental health research project bannerMental health research capacity in low and middle-income countries is generally perceived to be low. However, there is no solid information available regarding this concern. Aside from that, there is no systematic identification of the researchers in the field, the research gaps, how priorities are set, and where funding for mental health research is sourced. There is also inadequate knowledge about the process transforming research to policy.

Against this backdrop, the Global Health Forum and World Health Organization initiated a world-wide mapping of research capacity on mental health. Specifically, it has tasked the Social Development Research Center of De La Salle University-Manila to conduct the research capacity mapping among low and middle-income countries of the East Asia-Western Pacific Region.

These include:

  • American Samoa
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Korea (Democratic Republic)
  • Lao PDR
  • Malaysia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia Federal States
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

The mapping initiative is envisioned to lead to the formation of a mental health research network that will adequately represent the regions of the world.

The overall project objective is to develop a regional map of actors and their respective roles in the domain of mental health research, and to describe the current research agenda.

The scope of mental health topics include but not limited to the following:

  1. General Mental health
  2. Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
  3. Affective disorders, including PPD
  4. Anxiety disorders
  5. Alcohol abuse and dependence
  6. Dementias including Alzheimer’s
  7. Learning Disabilities
  8. Childhood mental and behavioral disorders
  9. Stress disorders and PTSD
  10. Eating Disorders
  11. Epilepsy
  12. Suicide
  13. Mental co-morbidity of AIDS
  14. Neuropsychiatric Disorders

This research intends to source researches, authors and stakeholders along these domains:

  1. Psychiatry
  2. Psychology
  3. Nursing
  4. Social work
  5. Social sciences
  6. Public health
  7. Pharmacy/Pharmacology
  8. Epilepsy
  9. Health economics
  10. Occupational Therapy
  11. Special Education (SPED)

In the light of our goal to identify the authors and research initiatives in the region, interested actors and researchers actively involved in mental health research can help and collaborate with SDRC researchers by providing information about one’s self and the work done in the field of mental health research. This will help SDRC acknowledge and mainstream one’s research involvement in mental health.

The links below shall bring the researcher/actor to the questionnaires. If you are one of these actors/researchers who have engaged in mental health research, we urge you to fill in the appropriate questionnaire(s) as completely as you could. Download and save the questionnaire/s by clicking the links. You may then edit / fill in the questionnaire. After completely filling in the questionnaire please send it back by email to and as attachment. We will email you back to acknowledge receipt. You may download as many types of questionnaires and fill them out. as long as these apply to you. For example, if you have written a published research article or completed writing a research report on mental health, please download the questionnaire for researchers. If you are both a researcher and a government official working in the field of mental health, you may answer two different questionnaires that fit your category. Again, please click on the appropriate link below to download the questionnaire that fits your category. Answer the questionnaire by editing the downloaded document. Do not forget to email back to us the filled in questionnaire as attachment send the file to and Your responses will help assist SDRC achieve the goals of this research the soonest time possible. Aside from that, your name will be included in the WHO-Global Forum for research database that we are helping to construct.

SDRC would further appreciate having you attach your resume and a listing of your articles or work in mental health. Thank you and looking forward to your filling out of the forms/questionnaires.

  • If you are a mental health researcher [Download]
  • If you are an active member of the academe [Download]
  • If you are a government official [Download]
  • If you are a member of a professional organization or association [Download]