#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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Watch Out For Mental Health Symptoms Always- S.A.L.T

TAFADZWA Meki, the founder of Someone Always Listens Toyou (S.A.L.T Africa) an organization that advocates for mental health issues in Zimbabwe said people should not ignore the tell-tell signs of mental health in their family members and peers as these develop over time and may lead to tragic outcomes such as as suicide and advanced mental illness. By Patricia Mashiri In an interview with HealthTimes, Meki said people should be on the lookout on how they behave, attitude and feelings towards certain things as holding on to things for a…

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COVID-19 Causes Rise In Mental Health llnesses

MENTAL health cases have been on the increase due the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has stalked the world for more than a year, mental health experts have said. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a Mental Health and Awareness webinar, Dr Sacrifice Chirisa, a Psychologist and CIMAS General Manager Health Care Services said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed Zimbabwe’s lack of preparedness  to deal with mental health issues. The coming in of the pandemic exposed us that we are not ready to deal with mental health issues. The pandemic is…

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Merck Foundation Aims To Bridge Specialist Gap In Africa And Asia

MERCK Foundation trained over 1 100 medical practitioners from Africa and Asia to bridge the gap of shortage of health personnel in some countries. By Kudakwashe Pembere On the back of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, most of these trainings were done virtually. This was said by Merck Foundation CEO Senator Dr Rasha Kelej during her organisation’s inaugural session of the 8th Edition of the ”MERCK FOUNDATION AFRICA ASIA LUMINARY” 2021 Online Videoconference. I would to assure that as Merck foundation we have trained 350 doctors across 35 countries in Africa…

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Most Doctors And Nurses Abuse Drugs, Here Are The Tell-tell Signs Of Substance Abuse In The Healthcare Profession

Doctors and nurses account for one of the highest rates of addiction in the workforce. According to USA Today, “Across the country, more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professionals struggle with abuse or addiction, mostly involving narcotics such as Oxycodone and Fentanyl.” Like many other working professionals facing an addiction, there are many reasons a medical professional might turn to drugs or alcohol. They could be looking for a way to stay alert on an all-day or overnight shift or a way to escape the emotional pain from…

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Bulawayo and Harare health care workers gain new skills on management of stress, anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mazowe, Zimbabwe – “l really needed this training, as nurses we have just gone through a lot of emotional trauma during this COVID19 pandemic, including experiencing stigma from our colleagues as well as the community,” says Blessing Munjere, Sister in Charge at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital. WHO Communication Department In response to the plight of stressed health care workers on the frontline of Covid19 like Blessing, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Mental Health (MH) Services Department with support from WHO has trained 84 health workers on MH…

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Mental Health in the wake of Covid19

DEPRESSED AFRICAN LADY (pic by Huffington post)

The increase in community transmissions of Covid19 in Zimbabwe is causing concern in the population’s mental health. Psychological and social problems continue to rise and consequences such as stress, anxiety, depression, frustration, uncertainty and domestic violence are an increasing progression. It is therefore of utmost importance for the people of Zimbabwe to take care of their mental health. Healthcare workers: • You are likely to feel afraid, overwhelmed and experience lots of stress as the outbreak continues, it is important to acknowledge these feelings and notice when you are not…

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