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Mental Health Problems on the Rise for Vietnamese Youth

A recently released report highlighted a rise in mental health issues among Vietnamese youths, with a particular focus on anxiety.

Around 15% of the population suffers from a mental health condition, according to statistics from the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, with many affected currently still in school or early in their working career, VietnamNetreports.

The media outlet added that Bach Mai Hospital’s National Institute of Mental Health is often overcrowded, with many visitors increasingly coming from a younger demographic and suffering from either anxiety or depression.

Nguyen Doan Phuong, the director of the institute, said the hospital admits 300-400 people per day. Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate the proportion of patients under 30 is up by 40%. For many, the road to diagnosis is long, which means many have to wait for extended periods before receiving appropriate treatment.

According to a recent report by UNICEF, a survey across 10 provinces found that the 12% of children have mental health problems, suggesting that more than three million children are in need of mental health services.

Part of the issue, however, is a general lack of accurate research and awareness of mental health issues, and a dearth of facilities for those fighting them.

There are many ways to deal with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Being vulnerable and talking openly with those we feel comfortable with is akin to getting oxygen to a wound — it can form part of the healing process. Getting regular exercise, feeling part of a community, and getting a good night’s sleep also helps. For serious, ongoing issues, people should consider seeking help from a trained, professional therapist.

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