Mental Health Dept warns public bracing for floods against mental health risks

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BANGKOK,18 August 2017 (NNT) - The Director General of the Department of Mental Health has advised people in flood-prone areas to brace for floods in a reserved and calm mental state.

During 29 July to 17 August 2017, the Mental Health Department has assessed mental health of over 5,000 people in Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin and Roi Et. There were 231 people who have been diagnosed as under severe stress and need to be closely monitored.

Mental Health Department Director General Boonrueng Trairuengworawat disclosed that the Department of Mental Health is concerned about the public as floods also pose a mental health risk on the affected public. People in flood-prone areas are advised to follow the government’s news and warnings moderately, to prevent harmful mental states such as panic and anxiety. The public are asked to brace for floods in a reserved and calm manner, and to always put the safety of themselves first.

The Department of Mental Health has mobilized the Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team: MCATT to rehabilitate the mental health of flood victims. The Department of Mental Health has asked communities and the general public to keep a close eye on their family members who could be stressed. For more information, please call the Department of Mental Health's Hotline 1323.

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