Understanding Anxiety

Ministry of Health Vanuatu October 2019 Mental Health Newsletter Understanding Anxiety Is Anxiety the same thing as Stress? Sometimes people use the terms stress and anxiety to explain the same feeling. However, to a mental health expert, the difference is essential, because the management of each condition are different. Negative stress or distress is theContinue reading “Understanding Anxiety”

Self-harm and Suicide Prevention

Ministry of Health Vanuatu September 2019 Newsletter The 10th September 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide According to the World Health Organisation, a person dies from suicide somewhere in the world every 40 seconds. This means that nearly 800,000 people die from suicide across the world every year. Guyana has the highest suicide rateContinue reading “Self-harm and Suicide Prevention”

Youth Mental Health & Managing Exam Stress

Ministry of Health Vanuatu August 2019 Mental Health Newsletter The 12th August 2019 is International Youth Day. In October 2018, Vanuatu’s Mental Health Team travelled to Epi to visit patients and discuss mental health treatment with the nurses at Vaemali Health Centre. They also had the opportunity to talk to some of the high schoolContinue reading “Youth Mental Health & Managing Exam Stress”

How Do We Tackle Addiction and Substance Use Problems?

Ministry of Health Vanuatu July 2019 Mental Health Newsletter Why do people use substances? We are not entirely sure, but we do know that mind and mood-altering substances have been used for thousands of years and are present to some degree in every society throughout the world. Some researchers say that it comes from anContinue reading “How Do We Tackle Addiction and Substance Use Problems?”

The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health

Ministry of Health Vanuatu May 2019 Mental Health Newsletter The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health Sleep difficulties are a feature of nearly every mental health difficulty, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use issues, bipolar disorder and psychosis or schizophrenia. Take Depression for example. Up to 90% of individuals with Depression have sleep difficulties,Continue reading “The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health”

What is Depression and How Can We Manage It?

Ministry of Health Vanuatu April 2019 Mental Health Newsletter What is Depression? Approximately 1-in-5 people will experience Depression at some stage of their lives. It is normal for people to experience short periods of sadness. Although some people may say that they are depressed if they feel sad at times, Depression, formally known as Major DepressiveContinue reading “What is Depression and How Can We Manage It?”

March 2019 Newsletter: Positive Psychology and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ministri blong helt Vanuatu Niusleta blong Mental Helt Maj 2019 Positif Psychology mo Persut blong Hapines 11-13 Maj 2019 MoH I bin trenem araon 15 jej, women, mo komuniti lidas lo saet blo idaentifaem mo imployim Saeko sosol fes eid sapos oli kam akros sam we oli fesem mentol helt jalens lo respektif komuniti bloContinue reading “March 2019 Newsletter: Positive Psychology and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Let’s Put a Stop to All Violence

Violence Against Women Worldwide In 2012, in the Republic of Guinea, a country located on the west coast of Africa, 92% of women and 66% of men surveyed agreed that a husband is justified in beating his wife for at least one of the following reasons: she has burnt the food, she has argued with him, sheContinue reading “Let’s Put a Stop to All Violence”

What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?

Recently I’ve begun taking an interest in a field called public health. The World Health Organisation has defined public health as: “The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” — Acheson, 1988 As time has gone on, there have been some studies that have helped publicContinue reading “What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?”