HCM CITY — The Government should encourage all sections of society to participate in welfare activities but strengthen its oversight of private charities to ensure their transparency, officials told a roundtable held in HCM City yesterday. Speaking at a meeting held by the Ministry of Justice's Institute of Legal Science to discuss the role of the State in social welfare activities, many delegates called for a law on social welfare to be drafted. It would help get rid of the contradictory regulations that hinder people from benefiting from services offered by charitable institutions, they explained. The Government pays a monthly allowance to certain categories of people like poor, elderly, orphans and others. But Le Chu Giang, head of the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Social Welfare Office, admitted that at VND180,000 (US$9) it was too low and needed to be increased. "Individuals and social organisations play an important role in social welfare … [Read more...] about Officials call for improved State oversight of charities
State help for mental illness
Voluntary students at HCM City Technology University take care of a disadvanatged boy. The city lacks qualified social workers to help the needy population. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu HCM CITY— More qualified social workers are needed in HCM City as the number of poor, disadvantaged, physically disabled and elderly has increased in recent years, according to officials of the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA). At a workshop held yesterday in HCM City, Le Thanh Tam, the department's head, said most social workers had not been professionally trained and were not equipped to handle the increasing number of social welfare cases in the city. According to the department's Social Sponsorship Office, HCM City has 400,000 elderly people, 44, 352 with disabilities, 20,000 disadvantaged children, and 130,000 poor families, whose annual income is around VND12 million (US$579.7) per capita. In addition, around 10,000 people with drug addictions and 2,000 … [Read more...] about Urgent need for qualified social workers
The deadly US shooting rampage last week has revived debate about access to mental health care -- a tough issue as state funds dry up and laws make it difficult to treat people against their will. So far, authorities have not yet confirmed that the Newtown shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, suffered from any particular psychiatric disorder. Lanza -- who shot his mother in their home before killing 20 children and six adults, and then himself, in a primary school -- reportedly had Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism not usually linked with violent behavior. Despite the US epidemic of gun violence, with more than 60 mass shootings since 1982, the availability of psychiatric care is dwindling, with hospitals closing and community health services slashed due to budget cuts, doctors say. "We might have wonderful new treatments but you cannot deliver them to the people who need it," Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Duke University in North Carolina, told … [Read more...] about US shooting revives debate over mental health care
Foreigners answer a call for submissions made by Tuoi Tre News on how best to help those who suffer from depression following several heart-wrenching mental illness-related incidents led by late treatment. Take care of your loved ones In my opinion, involving the family with helping their loved ones is a basic solution for preventing depression. Once depression does happen, the impacts can be unexpected. To prevent it, we should show care and love to our family members, friends, colleagues, and coworkers by supporting them, listening to them, and giving them a hand when they are in need. People should promise themselves that they will not leave their loved ones alone. Love among family members can protect against anxiety and depression. Tanasak Phosrikun in a photo he supplied to Tuoi Tre News In Thailand’s daily newspapers, I see that depression has led to such tragedies as violence between husbands and wives when one is jealous of the other or during a divorce … [Read more...] about Foreigners share ideas on helping those suffering depression
A recent article that quoted the director of the Department for Child Protection and Care as saying "there are about 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse." The quote and content of the article were quite disturbing due to the seeming lack of understanding about the prevalence, causes and long-term consequences that children of abuse, and society, must endure. It is a mystery as to where the number of "1,000" victims originated because anyone who has any knowledge on this topic is fully aware that this number is ludicrous. All the research indicates very clearly that the vast majority of abuse victims never report to authorities (estimated at 90 percent) and even where abuse has been confirmed by experts, 80 percent of victims still deny their victimization. A recent study of adult women in the US showed that 30 percent were abused as children and rates of abuse in Vietnam, and virtually every other country, are no exception to this pattern. In fact, studies done in India show a much … [Read more...] about Who’s helping the children?