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October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This year, the global theme, “Our Minds, Our Rights,” emphasises the universal right to access mental healthcare services as part of basic healthcare, which is considered one of our fundamental human rights.

Mental Healthcare for Carers: We Support the Supporters - screenshot of the invitation to sign up to the event

Before, during, and after the pandemic, OUCRU saw how frontline healthcare workers experienced a significant burden of stress and burnout. In 2016, the Public and Community Engagement Department of OUCRU Vietnam conducted research on stress levels among healthcare workers at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. The study found that 28% of healthcare workers experienced moderate to severe depression, and 38% experienced moderate to severe anxiety. Since then, we have shifted our focus to supporting healthcare workers and are now expanding our efforts to include carers in general. 

On this year’s World Mental Health Day, we are proud to announce a live event in partnership with the Vietnam Psychotherapy Association and Medisetter, our media and communication partner. During this event, we will share research and opinions from experts and provide valuable knowledge and information focused on mental healthcare for carers in Vietnam. 

Aligned with the global theme “Our Minds, Our Rights,” our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being among healthcare professionals and highlight available avenues for support.

The full story, with link to join the event, is available on the OUCRU website