Time To Treat Mental Health As An Emergency Of National Concern

OVER the past few days, Zimbabwe was gripped with horrendous tales of how one Thubelithe Khoshow (26), a businessman based in Kwekwe went on a rampage, murdering six people and injuring five others on October, 9 2021. A police report revealed that when Thubelithe became mentally disturbed and acted violently, he was taken to a church’s shrine by her aunt for prayers. By Patricia Mashiri Unfortunately for his family, they found it noble to take Thubelithe to a shrine instead of a mental health facility or health institution for that…

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Regional Psychosocial Support Forum Kicks Off

THE 6th Edition of the Psychosocial Support Forum (PPS Forum), a hybrid meeting in which discussions are being held both virtually and physically, commenced today with a Children’s Forum ahead of the adult event to be held next week from 13 to 15 October. By Michael Gwarisa The pre-adult forum saw children from 13 countries from East and Southern Africa attending and deliberating on various issues that children and young people face, with the aim of coming up with a Children’s advocacy position they will present at the adult forum…

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Time For Governments To Invest Heavily Towards Mental Health-WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous mental health challenges and  called on governments to allocate financial resources towards mental health. By Michael Gwarisa In her speech ahead of the World Mental Health Day, commemorations to be held tomorrow on 10 October, Dr Moeti said mental health was often-overlooked and a neglected aspect of our well-being. Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing isolation, anxiety or depression. World Mental Health Day is a…

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Zimbabwe To Launch Mental Health Investment Case Report

ZIMBABWE is set to launch the Mental Health Investment case report in October which will be used mainly as an advocacy tool providing quantified evidence of the long-term health, social and economic benefits of investment in mental health. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a mental health case investment case inception virtual meeting, Mr Gwati Gwati, the  Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Health Economist said the Mental health case investment case provides quantification of the costs of mental health conditions to the health sector and to the national economy…

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Rise In Suicides Among Zim Male Tertiary Students Exposes Need for Peer-to-Peer Counseling in Zim Universities and Colleges

AS the world marks Suicide prevention Month this September, a rather disturbing trend has reared its ugly head in Zimbabwe. Within a space four weeks, two local tertiary male students have committed suicide over matters of the heart. It’s possible that there could be more other male students struggling with mental health issues right now and probably contemplating the worst and without proper mechanisms and interventions in place, more lives could be lost. By Michael Gwarisa Suicide is preventable but why is it that we continue losing lives to this…

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COVID-19 Increases Post-partum Depression Cases In Zimbabwe

WOMEN have been urged to seek mental health assistance soon after birth to avoid sliding into Post-partum depression especially under the prevailing  COVID-19 pandemic. By Patricia Mashiri Post-partum depression is a form of depression that occurs after childbirth. Those who develop it are at a greater risk of developing major depression later in life. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Kudakwashe Muchena, a the leading Psychologist in Zimbabwe said there was need to take extra care of pregnant and post-partum women as the process of birth comes with a lot…

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#COVID3RDWAVE: Health Workers, Funeral Homes Workers Urged To Seek Mental Health Support

MENTAL Health experts have called on front-line health workers fighting COVID-19 in the Red Zones where patients with severe and critical symptoms are being managed, to seek mental health and psychosocial support to avoid accumulating or bottling up traumatic experiences they may be encountering in their line of duty. By Patricia Mashiri The calls comes at the back of increased deaths and hospitalisation of COVID-19 related incidences across the country over the past four weeks. In an Interview, Tafadzwa Meki, Founder of Someone Always Listens Toyou (S.A.L.T Africa) said there…

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Zim Launches Special Initiative For Mental Health

ZIMBABWE has introduced a national program for Mental Health and the Zimbabwe Mental Health Investment Case with the aim of improving policy, advocacy, financing and the upholding of human rights, as well as scale up evidence-based interventions and services for people living with mental health disorders. By Patricia Mashiri Mental health disorders include substance abuse disorders and neurological diseases. The strength of the special initiative is based on establishment of evidenced based mental health treatment packages mainly for the treatment of substance use disorders, decentralization of mental health services, establishment…

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Children Have Lasting Mental Health Effects From Pandemics: Experts

MENTAL health experts have urged parents to look out for signs and symptoms of stress and distress in children during the pandemic that usually manifest themselves as aggressive behavior in Children amongst a hots of other signs. By Patricia Mashiri In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Kudakwashe Muchena a leading Psychologist said The COVID-19 pandemic just like any other pandemics such as HIV/AIDS exter pressure on the mental health of children leading to lot of anxiety and panic amongst children usually when people who sit around them gets sick and…

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Harare Hospital Records Increase In Drug Abuse Related Admissions In Female Psychiatric Unit

HARARE Psychiatric Hospital stationed at Sally  Mugabe Central Hospital during the first quarter had 319 patients attended seeking treatment for substance use. By Kuda Pembere While  majority were males, statistics indicate that the number of females who are getting admitted in the facility was also on the rise. In an Interview with HealthTimes, the Psychiatric Hospital’s Senior Nursing Officer Mr Nelson Makore said following the relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions after the second wave, they started witnessing a surge in patients coming in. “I was looking at some figures, from…

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