Growing concern for mental health in Tonga

There are growing concerns about the psychological well-being of Tongans in the wake of January's volcanic eruption and tsunami.

Aid agencies on the ground were reporting a need to rehabilitate people who were psychologically affected by the eruption and tsunami.

Their distress was made worse by the tough Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being applied in the Kingdom, said Tonga Red Cross Secretary General, Sione Taumoefolau.

"You know together with the event of January 15, the Covid-19 arrived in Tonga in February. So it's a combination of two double disasters for Tonga. So you are not only trying to recover from what happened with the tsunami but also have the Covid-19. And it all adds on to what we are doing in that that's the reality," Taumoefolau said.


Photo credit Malau Media/Tonga Red Cross  Caption: A volunteer helps with distribution of relief items in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption