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Ministry ups mental health centres

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Patients at the entrance of the mental health facility at Khmer-Soviet Friendship hospital. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Health Ministry has published a list of more than 400 health centres offering treatment for mental disorders and drug abuse, including their locations and contact numbers.

The ministry expanded its outreach efforts to address mental health issues and drug abuse in public health facilities from 177 in 2016 to 419 in 2017 and has increased this number to 431 this year.

“Patients can now find out where to seek mental health services or treatment for drug abuse throughout the country,” a press release obtained today said.

Yim Sobotra, head of mental health and substance abuse at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, said that these days a lot of people are aware of mental health issues through publications and workshops.

“If they know they have mental problems they should please hurry to a hospital or clinic for treatment,” he said. “Mental health illness, whether it is minor or serious, can affect anyone, especially youth.”

Full story in Monday’s paper

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