Thailand Turns to “Mind Vaccine”

Thailand got COVID-19 under control with 3,100 confirmed cases and 58 deaths using a vigorous public health response—anchored by 1 million+ health volunteers who sewed masks by night and distributed them, along with pandemic-fighting messages, by day.

But the pandemic has opened another line of attack: on mental health. The Ministry of Public Health has developed a prevention plan, called the “mind vaccine,” adapted from psychological first aid practices, psychiatrist Varoth Chotpitayasunondh says. His department is training the same volunteers to recognize troubling signs of depression or suicide ideation in their neighbors, and to refer them for help.

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