Gail Debono, the President of the Malta Chamber of Psychologists, took to social media last week to highlight some of the challenges and hurdles to mental health services in Malta and Gozo.
Debono explained how many psychologists prefer to work in the private sector due to better work conditions than those offered by governmental institutions.
Another issue, according to Debono, is that the majority of psychologists working with the government reach ‘middle management’ and leave due to prospects of further advancement are very slim.
Another final hurdle is that many psychologists who remain governmentally employed cannot afford to not work in the private sector due to low wages. This leads to further burnout for those who remain loyal to mental health services.
‘It is good that mental health awareness increased and it is still increasing. This brought with it a larger number of people reaching out for the service. However, the waiting period for such services are also increasing.’
‘It is crucial that mental health support tis given in the crucial moment it is needed. The aforementioned three hurdles are, according to Debono, impeding the full extent of this support being given.
She concluded her statement by urging the current government to address these issues directly so as to ensure that those in need are given the help they require when they need it.