THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE MODEL TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN THAILAND

Onpicha Ketphan, Siripattra Juthamanee, Sarah Jane Racal, Dussanee Bunpitaksakun


DOI: https://doi.org/10.33546/bnj.1193

Abstract


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people worldwide, such as in Thailand, to be frightened of being infected from the coronavirus. Exposure to media - including unreliable news sources - trigger people's stress and anxiety. This leads to increased mental health problems and psychiatric disorders in the population, resulting in higher suicide rates. Furthermore, this also affects medical and public health care staff working until emotional exhaustion and physical health deterioration. The ongoing fight against the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus increases the likelihood of pressure, stress, and anxiety. Therefore, a mental health care model for the people of Thailand is necessary. With the appropriate format for people to receive correct information, people will be more likely to accept changes, think logically and positively, not be discouraged, and be ready to improve themselves and their mental health.


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mental health care model; COVID-19; mental health; Thailand

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