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Mental Health Workshop At FNU

The Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has staged a two-day Mental Health workshop last Saturday. This was in a bid to get people realise the
20 Oct 2014 11:27
Mental Health Workshop At FNU
From left- Summet Tappoo, Dr. Krupali Tappoo with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during Sai Sanjeevani medical centre 4th year anniversary on September 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has staged a two-day Mental Health workshop last Saturday.

This was in a bid to get people realise the increasing number of people suffering from mental health and its effects.

The workshop was held in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and a collaborative group from the University of Texas. College Dean Professor Ian Rouse said the university was committed to doing what it could to improve the health of people who had some form of mental illness.

“Mental health is often a neglected area and people have to realise that it is very common. People might be thinking that there’s only a small number of people suffering from mental health but the WHO tells us that during a lifetime as many as one out of four persons will have a mental health event and WHO also tells us that the main cause of disability, meaning you can’t achieve your potential, is actually mental illness,” Professor Rouse said.

“It’s very common; not a rare thing and so many people are struggling these days in the societies which we live; the pressures and there are a lot of stigma attached to it. They tend not to remember that it affects everybody.”

He said people needed to know about the stigma attached to the illness.

“I would encourage everybody to think of the other person and treat other people as you want to be treated and we want more people to realise and get involved in their own communities,” he said.

The College’s Assistant Professor and the Pacific’s only psychiatrist, Dr Myrielle Allen, said the workshop was very informative and helpful because many of the participants were from primary care; they were the very ones that examined the young patients brought into hospitals.

Youths Champ 4 Mental Health volunteer Meli Nakauvadra said, “The workshop is really important for us as young people because as a young person we need to be out there assisting people suffering from mental illness.

More than 50 doctors, nurses, carers, psychiatrists’ survivors and mental health volunteers attended two-day workshop that ended yesterday.

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