Almost 75 percent of persons with mental illness experience stigma – Health Ministry

Almost 75 percent of persons with mental illness experience stigma – Health Ministry

By Abigail Sorovi
Sunday 06/08/2023
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Almost 75 percent of persons with mental illness report that they experience stigma.

This has been highlighted by the Health Ministry who says they are focusing on prevention, early detection and treatment of mental health conditions, ensuring that individuals have access to appropriate care and support.

The Ministry says they are working towards reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness through awareness campaigns and educational programs.

The Health Ministry adds they collaborate with other stakeholders, including NGOs and international partners, to strengthen the mental health system and improve outcomes for individuals with mental health issues in Fiji.

Meanwhile, Empower Pacific, Team Leader Sisilia Siga says they are dedicated to supporting individuals who are suffering from mental illness by providing accessible mental health services.

Siga says Empower Pacific conducts community outreach programs and awareness campaigns to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and promote mental well-being.

She says through their team of trained professionals, including psychologists, counselors, and social workers, they offer counseling, therapy sessions, and psychiatric assessments to diagnose and address mental health concerns.

Siga also says they collaborate with other organisations and healthcare providers to ensure holistic care and support for individuals in need.

If you need help and need to talk to someone you can call Empower Pacific on their helpline 5626.

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