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Mental-health hotlines busy
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:29:09 PM »
The Department of Mental Health says that 575,125 people used its hotline in 2012, as many Thai people still do not want to meet psychiatrists in person.

Sorawong Thienthong, the deputy public health minister, said the statistics were gathered from the records of the 1323 and 1667 hotlines which have a total of 31 lines available 24 hours a day.

The majority of those calling the hotline discussed stress from work, while other frequent topics were couples' relationships, daily life, children's addiction to computer games, drug usage, gambling, alcoholism and sexual relationships.

Mr Sorawong said many Thai people were still afraid that they would be considered "insane" if they visited a psychiatrist, unlike people in other countries who had more positivbe views about mental health counselling.

He said the depattment's officials needed to work proactively to encourage people to improve their mental health rather than wait for them to seek consultation.

The department's statistics also showed that its 16 psychiatric hospitals nationwide recorded 1.07 million outpatient visits in 2012, down slightly from 1.09 million in 2011.

The records also showed inpatients in the hospitals totalled 87,952, down from 89,358 in 2011.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Re: More than 3 million Thais plagued by mental health problems
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 06:49:31 PM »
BANGKOK, 6 March 2014 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health made known that over 3 million Thais suffer some form of mental illnesses.

Public Health Ministry’s permanent-secretary Dr Narong Sahamethapat said the figure which accounts for 20% of the total population is worrisome as many parts of the country become more urbanized, leading to more health problems among the people.

Of these, only 1.09 million undergo regular treatment at the 17 psychiatric hospitals countrywide.

This year, the ministry is set to spend 360 million baht of its budget to improve healthcare for the mentally ill, particularly in the northern region. The focus will be on reaching out to patients in small villages and districts. A major psychiatric facility will also be built on Phitsanulok in a bid to provide better care to those in the region.

The permanent-secretary is currently on a visit to Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Phetchabun and Tak.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


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Re: Mental-health hotlines busy
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2014, 08:11:25 AM »
Given the absence of empathy, or bedside manner, in the Thai medical profession one must wonder what goes on in the psychiatric hospitals here.