World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to bring visibility to mental health issues, and every year, doctors and nurses at the St Giles Psychiatric Hospital in Suva, Fiji work hard to raise awareness of the importance of mental health on this day.
This year has been a challenging year for mental health services. The Hospital’s director of nursing, Miliakere Nasorovakawalu said that the staff have noticed an increase in the number of outpatients that they have treated over the past six months, “but we’re not just waiting for patients to come in, we are also going into communities, addressing the stigma of seeking mental health care and raising awareness around the importance of mental health.”
Fiji has been working hard to raise awareness of this issue since the COVID-19 pandemic started. In September, a “mental health month” was launched and health workers around the country conducted community outreach activities