Richmond Foundation calls for a psychiatric emergency service

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Richmond Foundation said that a psychiatric emergency service is needed, in a statement on Thursday.

The Foundation said that such a service is the right of people who have mental health issues, adding that they should have access to correct information on mental health services offered and how can one access such services.

Richmond Foundation further explained that a psychiatric emergency service should be accessible by everyone, and could include a hotline where one could call. It added that the emergency service should be given for free.

The Foundation said that services should be adequately marketed whether they are against payment or offered for free.

Mental Health Commissioner John Cachia urged the authorities to launch a nation-wide service which would address psychiatric emergencies.

Anyone who would like to seek advice from Richmond Foundation can call on 1770 from Monday to Friday, from 8am until 7pm.