In partnership with its Board of Visitors, Tavua Hospital in Fiji opened a new Mental Health Wellness Clinic on 12 September 2018. The aim of this has been to broaden its services regarding mental health awareness outreach programmes.
The new clinic was officially opened last week, and has been established through renovating an unoccupied building space within the Tavua Hospital premises. The Mental Health Wellness Clinic consists of a consultation room for mental health and a school health programme section that will be managed by a dietician.
Sub-divisional medical officer for Tavua, Dr Oluwafemi O. Ojo says that the new clinic for mental health wellness will greatly boost the outreach awareness programme and support the services the hospital provides to the mental health patients in Tavua.
The awareness programmes in communities and schools will also be coordinated through the new Mental Health Wellness Clinic. Apart from mental health programmes, it will also incorporate health programmes for addressing non-communicable diseases and immunisation.
“We hope to reach out to many more people through this new clinic. Mental health is a critical wellness component and through more awareness we will advocate for a barrier-free society. To ensure that those living with mental health issues are not stigmatised and that those affected have equal voice and opportunity to progress in their lives,” Dr Ojo said.
Through a multi-sectoral approach, the National Committee on the Prevention of Suicide (NCOPS) is reaching out to the NGOs, communities, schools, families, churches on how to cope with stressors, developing resilience, and how to manage their stressors to prevent severe distress. The dedicated Mental Health Wellness Clinic in Tavua is just one of the first steps.
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Information credit: Anshoo M. Chandra, Senior Information Officer, Executive Support Unit, Ministry of Health and Medical Services.