90-year-old woman cares for children with mental health issues

The deadly US shooting rampage last week has revived debate about access to mental health care -- a tough issue as state funds dry up and laws make it difficult to treat people against their will. So far, authorities have not yet confirmed that the Newtown shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, suffered from any particular psychiatric disorder. Lanza -- who shot his mother in their home before killing 20 children and six adults, and then himself, in a primary school -- reportedly had Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism not usually linked with violent behavior. Despite the US epidemic of gun…... [read more]

However, caring for these children is not given due attention by many families and society in general.   Dr Nguyen Thi My Loc from Hanoi National University quotes statistics as saying that between 20-30 percent of school pupils in Hanoi and 10-20 percent in Bien Hoa city show symptoms of mental distress. She says there are many causes leading to this phenomenon, mostly from families, society, the education sector and especially from social changes.   Doctor Nguyen Xuan Thu from Mai Huong psychiatric hospital in Hanoi says that either families’ excessive interest or disinterest can lead to mental illness among…... [read more]

The latest statisticsof the Ministry of Health released in March this year showed that thecountry has only one mental doctor per 100,000 residents, whereas therate in Thailand and Japan is 12/100,000 and 25/100,000, respectively.The country has 34 mental hospitals and centres, and 31 provinces do not have any centres specialising in mental diseases. Typically, the Hanoi Mental Hospital is the main mental hospital inthe capital, giving treatment for nearly 20,000 outpatients and 3,500inpatients per year but with only 40 doctors on staff. As many as 30more are needed, said Tinh. About 10 years ago, theHanoi Medical University had a mental…... [read more]

Addressing the openingceremony, Deputy Minister of Public Health, Nguyen Thi Xuyen said theevent offers countries a chance to share good practices in protectingmental health, contributing to strengthening cooperation in the regionand fulfilling the goal of “Healthy people, healthy ASEAN”. Xuyen called on countries to build comprehensive strategies to preventand improve treatment of mental disorders, including paying moreattention to enhancing public awareness of anti-discrimination,generating more jobs and providing the mentally ill with health careservices, and working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO)to build a detailed action plan to address the issue. During the event, over 70 participants will discuss ways…... [read more]

Vitality: Patients at Ha Noi Mental Hospital exercise every morning to maintain stable health. — VNS Photo Viet Thanh Mental illness remains poorly understood in Viet Nam, where many still choose spiritual healers to treat disorders like schizophrenia rather than seeking the counsel of trained psychologists. Hong Thuy reports.Doan Thi Diep* believes that her husband, brother-in-law and youngest son all have mental health problems because she neglected to worship one of her ancestors."A fortune teller told me that the mental health problems in my family happened because I neglected my familial duty," Diep said.Could genetics also play a role?"No," she…... [read more]

What are your concerns about mental health counselling activities atschools, which you have said are often neglected and have led tonumerous regrettable consequences?The years children spend inschool are a critical phase in the development of their personality andcharacter. They often have to deal with not just academic problems, butalso problems in their relationships with peers, family and teachers.Withoutguidance and support to help them resolve their problems in a timelymanner, they may drop out, suffer from depression or turn to violence.Acommon occurrence recently that has attracted public attention isviolence in schools. It's an alarming thing. Students aren't justviolent against their peers…... [read more]

Mental disease, one of the biggest medical problems of the 21st century, hasn\'t yet received adequate attention and investment in southern Vietnam, despite a ten-year-long national project to raise awareness on the issue. Mental health patients in Mai Huong Hospital in Hanoi practise zen therapy. They are among those targeted by social welfare policies. (Photo: VNS) At the National Assembly\'s Social Affairs Committee\'s meeting yesterday in Ho CHi Minh City, delegates predicted with increasing stress at work, brain injury, alcohol and drug abuse, that the prevalence of mental illness would increase.... [read more]

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says becoming famous made her delete her social media.The 25-year-old, who stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, quit Instagram earlier this year.In an interview with Radio Times, she says she did it because of how bad it is for mental health.Ridley says: "The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it's highly unhealthy for people's mental health."She adds: "It's such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should be."Ridley's big break came in 2014 when she was cast in Star Wars: The…... [read more]

Mental health is crucial, since it is directly linked to the qualityof life, the happiness of families, social security and the prosperityof the nation, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has said.In ameeting to commemorate World Mental Health Day (October 10), the VicePresident said Vietnam continuously regarded the provision of medicalcare, especially mental health services , as a leading priority forthe improvement of the quality of human resources, who serve thecountry’s development. The event saw the participation ofscientists and experts from the World Health Organisation and the WorldPsychiatric Association, and numerous international specialists from allover the world, such as Japan, France,…... [read more]

The latest statistics of the Ministry of Health released in March this year showed that the country has only one mental doctor per 100,000 residents, whereas the rate in Thailand and Japan is 12/ 100,000 and 25/ 100,000, respectively.The country has 34 mental hospitals and centres, and 31 provinces do not have any centres specialising in mental diseases.The Hanoi Mental Hospital gives treatment to nearly 20,000 outpatients and 3,500 inpatients per year but with only 40 doctors on staff. As many as 30 more are needed, said Tinh.About 10 years ago, the Hanoi Medical University had a mental diseases faculty,…... [read more]