By The Nation
The department will send a team of psychiatrists to help people in Nakhon Ratchasima where the bloody events unfolded on Saturday and Sumday, Kiattiphum Wongrajit, director-general of the Public Mental Health Department, said on Sunday (February 9).
A soldier went on a shooting rampage that left 27 people, including the suspect, dead and 57 injured.
Everyone should give himself time to calm down the emotional stress and also give moral support to others, Kiattiphum said.
People are advised to monitor their moods, he said. If their moods change fast, they feel exhausted, there is a change in their dining and sleeping patterns, these would be symptoms of high stress. Children or youths will show their psychical weakness by clinging to caretakers, crying, or showing violent emotions, he said.
People should avoid consumimg too much of news reports showing violent events. They should also avoid fake news, or rumours. It is because media materials could arouse stress and adversely affect mental health in the aftermath of the gruesome incident.
Being in contact with friends and family in order to give support to each other will help everyone go through the hard times, he suggested.
If you find someone suffering from emotional impact, you should help them meet psychiatrists or seek consultation on phone number 1323, 24 hours a day, he added.