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Team to travel across Thailand to assess people’s mental health

By The Nation

 

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Satit Pitutecha, Deputy Public Health Minister (Centre)

 

The Public Health Ministry will have its Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (MCATT) start screening people’s mental health nationwide from August 17 in a bid to cut down on the number of suicides due to the Covid-19 fallout.

 

Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutecha made this remark after presiding over the “Mental Health in the Covid-19 Pandemic” at Srithanya Hospital in Nonthaburi on Thursday (August 6).

 

He said the assessment team will travel across the nation to check on people and see if they are suffering from stress, depression or have thoughts of killing themselves, and will provide immediate treatment to those with symptoms.

 

“MCATT will cooperate with provincial public health offices and village health volunteers as they will have information about living in the area,” he said. “The team will focus on screening medical personnel, business owners and the unemployed, as these three groups have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis the most.”

 

He said that though medical staff suffered a lot of stress since Covid-19 arrived in Thailand, people are also pressured by the impact the crisis has had on the economy and on patients with chronic conditions.

 

“As per a survey on some 700 Rayong residents, 50 people were found to have more stress than others,” he added.

 

Meanwhile, Dr Samai Sirithongthaworn, deputy director general of the Department of Mental Health, said the department bad sent a team to screen people’s mental health immediately after an Egyptian soldier visiting Rayong was found to be carrying the Covid-19 virus last month.

 

“After screening people at Rayong’s Laemthong department store, we found that 50 per cent of them were suffering from mental problems and four were thinking of killing themselves,” he said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30392545

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

(MCATT) start screening people’s mental health nationwide from August 17

they should start in BKK at the government's office and making sure the immigration office is also on top of the list

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

“The team will focus on screening medical personnel, business owners and the unemployed, as these three groups have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis the most.”

What about the drinkers?

 

Don't forget the drinkers...................:thumbsup:

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5 minutes ago, sandyf said:

First stop should be this forum. All the whinging is certainly depressing.

Stop whinging about this forum please.     PML

 

Isn't WHINGING a great word.

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39 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Is there any truth in the rumour, the first person whos mental state they are going to assess is Anutin?

I think their first port of call, should be your house!

 

You post stuff on here that all of us would be terrified to do. I can only assume that you are insane. 🙂

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Just now, thequietman said:

I think their first port of call, should be your house!

 

You post stuff on here that all of us would be terrified to do. I can only assume that you are insane. 🙂

Your not too far away with that comment mate, ask Hotandsticky what my nickname is.🤪

Too hell with it i will tell you myself...... Crazy Colin.

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1 minute ago, colinneil said:

Your not too far away with that comment mate, ask Hotandsticky what my nickname is.🤪

Too hell with it i will tell you myself...... Crazy Colin.

Sorta guessed it, but didn't wanna say it out loud.

 

Thanks ya crazy barsteward. 🙂

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18 hours ago, thequietman said:

I think their first port of call, should be your house!

 

You post stuff on here that all of us would be terrified to do. I can only assume that you are insane. 🙂

Unlike some posters here, Colin is not a member of the "scared of your own shadow" brigade.

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20 hours ago, colinneil said:

Is there any truth in the rumour, the first person whos mental state they are going to assess is Anutin?

It's  been done already. The name says it all. A nut in.........Thailand. 

 

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