A documentary film about mental health and the different approaches to the treatment of mental illness in Tonga, was awarded the best feature film award for 2020 by the American Society for Visual Anthropology in December. The Healer and the Psychiatrist” is the work of a British anthropologist Dr Mike Poltorak who used a video camera as part of his 20 years of medical anthropological research in Vava‘u and Tongatapu.
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Monday 28 December 2020
Wednesday 26 August 2020
A 41-year-old man who injured another man with a shovel suffers from mental illness. He was unfit to be tried for the offence, and committed to the Psychiatric Ward at Vaiola Hospital, by the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
Wednesday 3 June 2020
A 28-year-old man who pleaded guilty to seriously injuring his brother when he hit him with a machete, suffers from mental illness. He was ordered by the Supreme Court to be involuntarily admitted to the Vaiola Hospital Psychiatric Unit, instead of being sentenced.
Thursday 23 May 2019
Tonga's drugs problem is on the rise, “like a cancer in the community,” says Psychiatric Specialist, Dr Mapa Puloka, who warns that government is too slow in tackling the epidemic and needs to urgently prioritize more funding before it gets out of hand. He issues a stark prognosis: “If they can’t stop it...what will happen is drug dealers or drug lords will run our government and end up being their puppets because of the power of money.” By Eleanor Gee.
Wednesday 10 January 2018
London, United Kingdom
Since Donald Trump took over the United States presidency a year ago, doubts over his mental stability and his very sanity have been mounting. But, beyond claiming on Twitter that he is a “very stable genius,” what could Trump actually do to prove that he is psychologically fit for what, by some definitions, is the world’s highest office? There is no clear physical test for mental illness. By Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen