Australia, World's Leader in Mental Health

Australia's Medicare funding for conditions like anxiety, depression and substance abuse had put the country as world's leader in mental health. According to the Better Access, with authors led by Professor Harvey Whiteford of the University of ...

Feb 21

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Why are so many elderly Asians killing themselves?

SINGAPORE It is a question that has puzzled mental health experts in Asia for some time: Why are so many elderly Asians committing suicide? The past decade has seen astonishing spikes in the rate of Asians over 65 choosing to end their lives ...

Feb 20

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Suicide Prevention

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Malaysia: Only 100 Clinical psychologists in country

MALAYSIA is lacking in clinical psychologists to deal with the mental health problems of the people and maintain their psychological wellbeing. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said there were only ...

Feb 19

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Mental Health Professions

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Philippines: Specialised mental health treatment to target survivors ...

Many children were among the victims of typhoon Haiyan, with one school in the Tacloban area of the Philippines losing 59 of its pupils. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) psychiatrist Frederique Drogoul describes a mental health programme that will ...

Feb 10

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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Understanding Mental Health: Defining mental illness

PHILIPPINES - "A MENTAL illness is just like any other illness," said Dr. Laureen Conanan, chief of Southern Philippines Medical Center's Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (SPMC-IPBM), and that mental illness can also take various ...

Feb 7

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Malaysian Minister backs mental health examination for those ...

MALAYSIA - A mental health test on couples intending to get hitched is seen as the best way to reduce domestic violence. Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said as such, the ministry had no objection ...

Feb 3

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Relationships & Marriage

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Hong Kong Policy address neglected important mental health issues

Hong Kong - There are 198 paragraphs in this year's policy address, but only one addresses the issue of mental health. Enhancing the standard of care is an important component of any mental health strategy, be it regional or national, but the ...

Jan 29

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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More needs to be done for Mental Health in Singapore

Few years ago, a study had indicated that while one in eight children in Singapore have emotional disorders, and one in 20 have behavioural disorders, only 10% ever see a psychiatrist. The study, “Emotional and behavioural problems in Singaporean ...

Jan 9

Categories: Child Development, Mental Health in Asia

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WHO Sharing Psychological First Aid knowledge with Philippines to ...

Philippines - The World Health Organization shared with the Philippines Department of Health information about a humane, supportive and practical help to people who are suffering after crisis events. Called psychological first aid, this approach ...

Dec 24

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Peer specialists use their experience to counsel others with mental ...

Hong Kong: Lily Chan Lei-hung has had more than enough ups and downs for a lifetime. She's has gone from working as a business development manager for a publicly listed American company, to being an unemployed divorcee battling bipolar disorder. ...

Dec 18

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Mental Health Professions

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Philippines: Health professionals learn psychological first aid to ...

Using a train-the-trainer approach, Filipino health professionals took part in a one-day workshop to learn how teach others in their communities to provide psychological first aid to support typhoon survivors.

Dec 12

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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More needs to be done to address Youth Mental Health Issues in ...

While a majority of children in Singapore have better material comforts than their counterparts elsewhere, studies on their mental health are not so encouraging. When some international surveys [read Gallup] proclaim that Singapore is the least ...

Dec 6

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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First mental health Info system launched in the Philippines

The country’s first integrated mental health information system was launched Monday in a bid to address effectively the needs of patients suffering from mental illness. The creation of an information system was prompted by a campaign of Janssen ...

Dec 4

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Canadian Red Cross provides ‘psychological first aid’ to Tyhoon ...

Even after a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines, kids have energy to burn. Toronto social services worker Sandra Damota is in one of the devastated areas to ensure that some of those kids have a mentally healthy outlet for ...

Nov 28

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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Mental Trauma Haunts Philippines Typhoon Survivors

Rodico Basilides visits a forlorn cross that stands as a memorial to his family who died in the catastrophic Philippine typhoon, one of countless survivors who are being forced to grieve without professional counseling. “This is for my wife, ...

Nov 27

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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