Men­tal health is­sues

Fiji Sun - - COMMENT -

De­wan Chand, Suva

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, men­tal health is­sues are on the in­crease un­der the cur­rent lock­down con­di­tions.

Peo­ple with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions are more prone to show signs of men­tal health is­sues.

The sud­den change in the pat­tern of life has sent shock waves and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact. Some find it ex­tremely hard to stay home with fam­i­lies for long hours.

Those, who have lost jobs or are work­ing re­duced hours, are also show­ing signs of de­pres­sion.

Mood swings and emo­tional im­bal­ance cause frus­tra­tions, wor­ries, lone­li­ness, anxiety and at times open hos­til­ity within the fam­ily cir­cles.

Fam­i­lies must learn to recog­nise and pri­ori­tise men­tal health is­sues and must seek im­me­di­ate med­i­cal help by go­ing to the ex­perts. Brush­ing the is­sue un­der the car­pet will not re­solve the sit­u­a­tion. Care must be taken not to at­tach stigma to peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues.

The Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices is do­ing its best to en­sure that all Fi­jians re­main healthy. There­fore, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fam­i­lies to take proac­tive steps to en­sure that all mem­bers are given due care and love.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.