How to Cope in Times of Disaster

Vanuatu Mental Health Newsletter February 2019 Latest Data on Mental Health in Vanuatu In 2018, Vanuatu’s Lifestyle Disease Unit conducted 13 screening sessions for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across the island of Efate. As part of this screening, all participants were given a Kessler Distress Scale (K10) to assess their level of psychological distress. Of theContinue reading “How to Cope in Times of Disaster”

10 Things You Need to Know About Adverse Childhood Experiences

1. There are 10 categories of experience that are considered to have adverse consequences on the later development of children These include: Abuse: Emotional Physical Sexual Neglect: Emotional Physical Household Dysfunction: Domestic Violence Substance Abuse Mental Illness Parental Separation/Divorce Crime 2. It is possible to determine your own Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score The ACEContinue reading “10 Things You Need to Know About Adverse Childhood Experiences”

Trauma – What is it and what can we do about it?

A Traumatic Experience? It was a Saturday night when I was 16 years old. I had a couple of my basketball friends stay over, and we decided to venture out around 10:30pm to meet up with some other friends a few streets away. I grew up in what I felt was a safe neighbourhood inContinue reading “Trauma – What is it and what can we do about it?”