Watch: Tsunami of mental health problems; 3 attempted suicides – PN

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Opposition MP Mario Galea said that there were at least three attempted suicides over the past fifteen days during a press conference which was addressed by Opposition Whip Robert Cutajar, and MPs Karl Gouder and Mario Galea, on Thursday.

Galea noted that various health experts are warning about a “tsunami of mental health illness” from problems stored up during partial lockdown. Psychiatrists are fearing a rise in depression, anxiety, and stress. The MP remarked that frontliners were not immune, and many are predicting that healthcare workers will experience post-traumatic stress disorder.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Quoting figures released by the World Health Organisation, Galea said that WHO had predicted a doubling in the rate of suicide before the global pandemic for this year. “It’s scary when you think of it,” he said.

“At least there were three cases of attempted suicide over the past fifteen days,” Galea said, disclosing that he was involved in assisting one victim.

The Opposition MP stressed on the need to prepare for mental health illness which are sparked and exacerbated by the pandemic.

He stressed that there was a need to screen children aged 14 for mental health issues.

“The tsunami of mental health illness is coming, and we have a choice to confront it or ignore it. The government needs to ensure that we are prepared for it,” he ended.

The Opposition unveiled a Plan for Malta on Wednesday. The new document is aimed at addressing issues related to economic recovery.

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