Connect with us

Coronavirus Thailand

Public mental health a government concern during Covid crisis

Jack Burton

Published 

 on 

Public mental health a government concern during Covid crisis | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Miracles Asia
  • follow us in feedly

Following a spike in suicides and suicide attempts nationwide, thought to be largely due to the twin burdens of unemployment and isolation, the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has expressed concern about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of the public.

Reuters reported yesterday that one woman, frustrated that she hadn’t received the 5,000 baht relief cheque for which she’d applied a month before, drank rat poison in front of the Finance Ministry. Other such stories are found daily in the media.

Speaking of the increase in suicides since the beginning of the pandemic, CCSA Spokesman, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, said the government and the Ministry of Public Health understand the gravity of the issue and take it seriously. He says they are searching for solutions, using data from academics and various sources.

A report released by the Department of Mental Health stresses that this is a global crisis. It’s affected people’s physical and mental health. Physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists and academics around the world have predicted that the number of deaths from self-harm or suicide would increase during the pandemic. The Department of Mental Health is investigating this problem. Different sectors in many countries are cooperating to address the issue.

“If people are aware of relatives or other individuals who may have suicidal thoughts, they can contact the Department of Mental Health’s hotline on 1323. Although the number of suicides is currently lower than that during the Tom Yum Kung financial crisis, all sides have to work together to solve it.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).ress, isolation

 

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

No new cases today- Covid-19 update (July 7)

The Thaiger & The Nation

Published

on

No new cases today- Covid-19 update (July 7) | The Thaiger

Today, there have been no new reported cases of Covid-19 in Thailand over the past 24 hours leaving the total amount of cases remaining at 3,195 with 58 deaths since the pandemic began. The number of recovered patients remains at 3,072, leaving 65 still hospitalized. The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said that of the 3,195 accumulated cases, 2,444 contracted the disease locally, while 258 were diagnosed in state quarantine facilities. The Kingdom has had no new community transmissions over the past 43 days. Globally, the number of cases rose by 182,490 over the past 24 hours to 11.74 million. […]

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Over 73,000 Thai farmers to get relief aid after appeals approved

The Thaiger & The Nation

Published

on

Over 73,000 Thai farmers to get relief aid after appeals approved | The Thaiger

Over 73,000 Thai farmers are set to get much-needed aid after their appeals for financial help have been approved. The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) says it will transfer the aid tomorrow, in the amount of 5,000 baht, to help with the Covid-19 economic fallout. BAAC secretary Anan Suwanrat says the ministry’s appeal panel has approved 73,975 appeals out of 190,000- bringing the total number of farmers eligible for Covid-19 cash handouts to 7,596,747. He says 10,284 appeal requests are still being reviewed. Of those rejected, he says the applicants have either already received financial aid from other […]

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

5 new imported cases- Covid-19 update (July 6)

The Thaiger & The Nation

Published

on

5 new imported cases- Covid-19 update (July 6) | The Thaiger

The Thai government has reported 5 new imported cases of Covid-19, bringing the Kingdom’s total tally to 3,195 with 58 deaths. Thai nationals made up the new cases, as they reportedly recently returned from Kuwait and are currently in state quarantine. Currently, one person has been added to the total amount of recovered cases in the past 24 hours, bring the number to 3,038. Officials are reporting that there are now 65 patients hospitalised for the virus. Thailand overall has not seen any community transmitted cases for some time now, and the government has taken note by starting the reopening […]

Continue Reading
Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending