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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with Agencies

MILITARY

Navy goes on publicity tour

After its annual two-month overseas mission, the Republic of China Navy Fleet of Friendship will sail around the country next month as part of a program to assist the public in learning more about the armed forces, military officials said on Sunday. The fleet, which left Kaohsiung early last month and visited Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands, is scheduled to return home at the end of this month, the officials said. Comprised this year of two frigates and one fast combat support ship, the fleet has been assembled annually since 1966 as part of a navy cadets’ pre-graduation training mission. Next month the fleet will call at ports including Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung, Keelung, Yilan, Hualien and Penghu, with one-day public events planned at each stop, officials said. Visitors will be able to board the ships and view their weapons, along with a performance by a cadet marching band, the navy band and honor guard unit, as well as view the marines’ combat skills.

HEALTH

Mental health now online

An online assessment for gauging mental health has been provided on the Web site of the Taipei City Government’s Department of Health, providing members of the public with an understanding of their mental health at the click of a mouse. After completing the assessment, users will be given details of their mental state and information on the nearest mental health institutions, the department said. It also plans to launch a mental health assessment app in July. In addition, a toll-free line, (02) 3393-7885, is available for anyone seeking help, the department said. The online mental health assessment service can be accessed at http://mental.health.gov.tw.

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