Oktober 2, 2023

Mental Healthcare for Carers: We Support the Supporters! 

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. 

This year, the global theme, “Our Minds, Our Rights,” emphasises the universal right to access mental healthcare services as part of basic healthcare, which is considered one of our fundamental human rights. 

Before, during, and after the pandemic, we saw how frontline healthcare workers experienced a significant burden of stress and burnout. In 2016, the Public and Community Engagement Department of OUCRU Vietnam conducted research on stress levels among healthcare workers at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. The study found that 28% of healthcare workers experienced moderate to severe depression, and 38% experienced moderate to severe anxiety. Since then, we have shifted our focus to supporting healthcare workers and are now expanding our efforts to include carers in general. 

On this year’s World Mental Health Day, we are proud to announce a live event in partnership with the Vietnam Psychotherapy Association and Medisetter, our media and communication partner. During this event, we will share research and opinions from experts and provide valuable knowledge and information focused on mental healthcare for carers in Vietnam. 

Aligned with the global theme “Our Minds, Our Rights,” our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being among healthcare professionals and highlight available avenues for support. 

Event Highlights: 

  1. Keynote Speeches: Renowned mental health experts and professionals will deliver inspiring speeches highlighting the significance of mental healthcare for carers, as well as the city’s policies on this matter. 
  1. Panel Discussions: Engaging panel discussions will address various challenges faced by healthcare professionals in Vietnam and explore strategies to promote their mental well-being. 
  1. Networking Opportunities: Participants will have the chance to connect with like-minded professionals, exchange experiences, and build a dedicated support network. 

Join Us! 

We invite all healthcare workers, mental health advocates, and individuals interested in supporting the mental well-being of healthcare professionals to join us for this important event. Together, let’s prioritise mental health and ensure that our healthcare workers receive the care they deserve. 

Pham Ngoc Thanh, MD. Public and community engagement-OUCRU

Presentation title: How to reduce stress in healthcare workers and caregivers at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City

Pham Phuong Thao, PhD. Medical University of Ho Chi Minh city and Le Van Thinh hospital, Thu Duc city

Presentation title: Mental health care for healthcare staff

Giang Ngoc Thuy Vy, MD.  Vietnamese Psychotherapy Association.

Presentation title: Mental health care for carers

Vuong Nguyen Toan Thien, MSc.

Presentation title: Stress and burnout in healthcare workers – resilience and social support

For more information, please visit the event page or contact us and our partnered event organisers. 

*This event will be in Vietnamese only.

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