January 3, 2024

HCDC: Healthcare Workers need Mental Healthcare  

On December 8, 2023, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) organised a webinar titled “Mental Health Care for Healthcare Workers in Ho Chi Minh City”. The seminar aimed to highlight the importance of mental health care for healthcare workers and provide them with effective strategies and resources to maintain their own mental well-being. 

Healthcare workers play a critical role in providing healthcare to the community. They are often the first point of contact for individuals facing physical and mental health challenges, offering essential support. However, this work can sometimes create significant pressure, leading to stress and other mental health issues. Therefore, healthcare workers also require support to manage stress, reduce work pressure, and find a healthy work-life balance. 

A core part of the work of OUCRU’s Public and Community Engagement group is to support healthcare workers. We have various projects and programmes to enhance the capacity of frontline workers and vaccination field workers, in their work ensuring increased vaccination rates in rural areas of Vietnam. Our initiatives also include organising workshops, webinars, and hosting a knowledge hub to provide necessary materials and resources for the mental and professional support of healthcare workers and field workers. 

During the webinar, Dr Phạm Ngọc Thanh, our Psychological Advisor, had the honour of being one of the four speakers. Alongside other experts in the field of mental health, Dr Phạm Ngọc Thanh shared her extensive insights and experiences regarding the psychological aspects of healthcare work. She provided practical tips for managing stress and maintaining mental well-being, particularly in hospital settings. 

The webinar also emphasised the importance of non-medical approaches, such as various therapeutic techniques and self-care tips, with the aim of supporting healthcare workers to restore a healthy work-life balance. The panel of experts also discussed the role of education and psychological support in promoting mental well-being among healthcare professionals. 

You can download Dr Thanh’s presentation here

Watch the webinar’s full recording here

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