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More resources and trained professionals needed to be able to cope with the growing number of patients with mental health issues.

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/10/2017

 

Siua Taumoha’apai, is one of three who make up the community mental health team of the Vaiola Hospital Psychiatric Ward. who cater to the patients with mental illnesses outside the hospital. These include patients living with their families, and also patients under police custody. Taumoha’apai says they do not have enough staff to be able to cater to the people suffering from outside the hospital, a number which is growing to be higher than the number of patients in the hospital.

 

Dr. Parameshvara Deva, from the University Tunku Abdul Rahman, in Malaysia, says the need in Tonga, is for more resources and more training in mental health.

 

A childhood survivor of psychiatric institutions in India, Dr. Bhargavi Davar, says Tonga has the cultural resources to be able to support those with mental illnesses and only need to spread awareness now for mental health.

 

Mental Health is an important global issue and is marked this week by the United Nations as Mental Health Awareness Week.

 

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