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Thai health agency launches ‘Vaccine Jai’ to persuade people not to commit suicide


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Thai health agency launches ‘Vaccine Jai’ to persuade people not to commit suicide

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation today launched the “Vaccine Jai” campaign in an effort to reduce the number of Covid-19-related suicides.

The campaign was launched this afternoon during a virtual seminar between Srinakharinwirot University and the Department of Mental Health, to help people working in the tourism sector maintain their mental stability.

Vaccine Jai is a mental health assessment tool that aims to evaluate risks and provide guidelines for pandemic-related mental health problems.

Mr Chatwut Wangwon, director of the foundation, said more than 4 million people in the tourism industry who have lost their jobs are at risk of suicide because they cannot generate income. He cited data from the Office of SME Promotion collected last year.

“This fact is consistent with Department of Mental Health data, which indicates that depression from an economy going downhill is one of three factors that drive people to commit suicide,” Chaiwat said, adding that this problem urgently needs to be resolved.

He added that Vaccine Jai will be accessible at all times and a series of 20 questions will be changed monthly to constantly update the mental health of people, especially those in the tourism industry.

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