Public health

Mental health and social services

Govt to promote mental health services nationwide

Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, said that the government is planning to expand mental health services nationwide to reduce deaths caused by mental illness. ...

Hang Punreay

Viet Nam helps Cambodia build drug rehabilitation center

A drug treatment and rehabilitation center was inaugurated in Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia, in late March with part of its funding presented by the Vietnamese Government. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Mental health project launched

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital has launched the Enhancing Mental Healthcare Services Project in Phnom Penh. It is expected to benefit about 30,000 people by 2024. ...

Long Kimmarita

Mental Health an issue among migrant workers

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations have stepped in to help migrant workers who suffer mental trauma due to the Covid-19 spread have access to mental health and psychosocial support. ...

Yim Sreylin

UN trains 3,000 in mental health

The UN in Cambodia has trained nearly 3,000 health workers nationwide to provide mental health and psychosocial support to Covid-19 vulnerable people. ...

Ry Sochan

Centre for mentally ill officially opened

Cambodia’s first mental rehabilitation centre was formally opened in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district on Wednesday, with the government planning to build a specialist facility to house jailed minors. Speaking during the opening ceremony, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said the Kingdom’s socio-economic progress meant ...

Voun Dara

Mental health patients relocated to new centre

Dozens of patients with mental health disorders were admitted to the newly built Mental Health Rehab Centre in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district. The centre was established under the Ministries of Social Affairs, Health and Interior. The three-hectare treatment facility was funded with a $500,000 budget ...

Sen David

Ministry ups mental health centres

The Health Ministry has published a list of more than 400 health centres offering treatment for mental disorders and drug abuse, including their locations and contact numbers. The ministry expanded its outreach efforts to address mental health issues and drug abuse in public health facilities ...

Sen David

Cambodian migrants faring ‘worst in region’

Out of four Southeast Asian countries, migrant workers from Cambodia have the worst experiences, with eight in 10 experiencing labour rights abuses while abroad and more than two-thirds reporting mental or physical health problems upon return, according to a study released by ILO and IOM ...

Daphne Chen

Mental health center under construction for Prey Speu detainees

Officials broke ground on Saturday on a new mental health center in Kandal province that will house detainees from the notorious Prey Speu detention center in Phnom Penh, among others, government and city officials said on Sunday. ...

Ouch Sony

Psychological distress high among disabled

People with disabilities and their families in two Cambodian provinces – Kampong Cham and Tbong Khmum – experience significant psychological distress, endure discrimination and stigma and their rights “re-main largely unrecognised”, a new study has found. ...

Sen David and Yesenia Amaro

KR victims need healing

On Tuesday, the US government awarded Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Cambodia – the nation’s leading provider in the field of mental healthcare and psychosocial support – with an $894,057 grant that will facilitate mental health therapies and healing methods for the country’s many genocide survivors afflicted ...

Safiya Charles

Planned center for mentally ill faces low supply of experts

As the government plans to transfer roughly 60 percent of detainees at the notorious Prey Speu detention center to a “mental illness” center in Kandal province, mental health experts expressed doubts this week over the country’s capacity to provide proper care. ...

Khy Sovuthy and Janelle Retka

Cambodia's health care system struggles to cope with mentally ill patients

As soon as the clock struck seven in the morning, a commotion broke out in front of an old, yellow building inside the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital. More than 40 people flocked to the main metal door separating them from the waiting area and consultation rooms. Some ...

Pichayada Promchertchoo

Meeting touts new approach to rehab

Officials from provinces across the country gathered in Banteay Meanchey yesterday and the day before to learn about alternative community-based drug rehabilitation services and vocational training, anti-drug officials said.   ...

Kong Meta

Cambodian immigrants in US grapple with mental health issues

From the 1970s to the 1990s, as many as 100,000 Cambodian refugees resettled in the United States. But far from finding a sanctuary, many Cambodians in America have grappled with poverty, mental health problems and social isolation. ...

Soksreinith Ten

No reply to request for help for addicts in jail

The Health Ministry has yet to respond to a request from the Interior Ministry last week seeking assistance in dealing with drug abuse in the country’s prisons and rehabilitation centers, Interior Ministry secretary of state Nuth Sa An said yesterday. ...

Mom Kunthear

Professor studies impact of Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia

Patrick Heuveline sat among villagers in Cambodia, showing them photos of his daughter to establish common ground with a group of people whose culture he had yet to fully understand.Heuveline, a UCLA sociology professor since 2007, has now spent about 15 years studying the effects ...

Miriam Bribiesca

Psychologist profession remains short: experts warn

According to psycologists working in Cambodia, their lack of peers withing the country is a problem that needs to be addressed. The experts believe that to further develop the country, psychology services should be integrated into many of the key sectors including health, social work, ...

Va Sonyka

Cambodia seeks way out of post 'killing fields' mental health crisis

Hing Phon thought she was losing her mind when night after night terrifying nightmares jolted her awake as she dreamt of her husband, eldest son and 18 other relatives being killed by the Khmer Rouge during their brutal reign in Cambodia. ...

Astrid Zweynert

No link between past trauma and poverty: study

Thirty-five years later, the psychological wounds caused by the Khmer Rouge remain fresh. Witnesses still break down in tears while testifying at the Tribunal. But how has the psychological trauma of the Khmer Rouge years affected the survivors’ economic status? ...

Jonathan Cox

Royal family opens country’s first geriatric unit

King Norodom Sihamoni, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath and Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday presided over the inauguration of Cambodia’s first geriatric center at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh. ...

Aun Pheap

Officials meet to discuss HIV outbreak strategy

The first meeting to discuss a long-term strategy for dealing with last year’s freak outbreak of HIV in Battambang province’s Roka commune was held at the Council of Ministers building in Phnom Penh on Thursday, officials said. ...

Khy Sovuthy

New law on juvenile justice provides for rehabilitation

The Ministry of Social Affairs has completed drafting a law on juvenile justice that will soon be moved forward for approval and debate at the legislature. The new law, as drafted, aims to provide rehabilitation opportunities for juveniles, rather than simple prison sentences, and meets ...

Phorn Bopha

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