By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Chiayi County Government said Friday in response to the random killing of a four-
year-old girl in Taipei last week, that it will strengthen the region’s mental health care by making sure those with mental illness are getting medical treatment regularly and properly.
The county’s health bureau cited that there are currently 4,095 cases of mental health problems in the county, which were further categorized into five grades based on illness severity. Those under grade one will be receiving home care visits from care workers twice a month, while those between grade two and five will be receiving more regular visits, the frequency of which will depend on the severity of mental illness of each individual.
The bureau added that mental illness could be kept under control by getting proper medical treatment and taking medications regularly. To abruptly stop medication without talking to doctors first could lead to an unstable mental condition, the bureau said.
As those with mental illness are in need of special care and protection, providing more care to them and making sure they seek medical assistance routinely and systematically would be helpful in stabilizing their conditions, the bureau said. [FULL STORY]