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Tonga Mental Health and Disability Association hosts a symposium to nationally address the issue of mental health in the country.

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 09/10/2017

 

The issue of mental health in Tonga has increased over the years and the Tonga Mental Health and Disability Association – TMHDA are taking action to address this issue.

 

This morning the Association together with the Psychiatric Ward of Vaiola Hospital and with the funding of the Australian government, launched the Langi Ma’a: Tonga Mental Health and Disability Symposium.

 

The guest of honor, HIS Excellency Andrew Ford, Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, in his remarks, expressed the Australian government’s enthusiasm to fund this important symposium.

 

This symposium is the fruition of the Association’s work in pushing for recognition of mental health as a national issue.

 

Mental Health in Tonga is somewhat a silent killer, as the Disability Association believes, the Tongan people are not fully aware of mental health and the problems it causes.

 

The president of the Tonga Mental Health and Disability Association, Leonaitasi Hoponoa, highlighted the association’s objectives for the symposium.

 

The Mental health and disability association hopes with the launch of this symposium, more Tongans would be able to have a better understanding of mental health and consequently be better prepared to address mental health.

The symposium will run throughout this week.

 

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