Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Depression: mental health at the center of the public debate

The National Institute for Youth (INJUV) has just published a worrying result: the Biobio region has the highest percentage of young people with depressive symptoms in the whole country. Strictly speaking, according to the national youth survey, symptoms are present in 31.3% of young people in the region, and where national director Juan Pablo Duhalde explained that “the data from our tenth youth survey allow us to measure depressive symptoms among young people”. The complexity of the symptoms of AD and this is why intersectoral work is so important”. The rankings and percentages appear exactly in the context of what experts announced long ago: scenarios of the impact of the pandemic on mental health, which is why it becomes all the more important to be able to analyze the situation and find a road map or plan. action. Work on it.

Sergio Cabrera, psychiatrist, professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Concepción, argued that this could be explained by several factors: “It is one of the most populated areas and the one that reflects the greatest number of people living Big cities, factors associated with mental illness, product of daily stress of big cities”.

The expert doctor mentioned measures authorities could take such as: more places of entertainment in communes that they do not have such as lotas, improvements to public transport, more leisure activities and access to mental health. “They reduce daily stress and will contribute to improving statistics associated with depression in the region,” he explained.

“The most effective measures to reduce suicide are safety, that teens do not have access to lethal methods such as firearms, that drugs are controlled by adults. These are simple measures, but they are sometimes not followed. ,” They said.

All this should be at the center of public debate and reflection. Mental health should be one of the main topics discussed in all places and conversation circles, from home to public and private institutions. It is that although society has progressed over the decades in building bigger buildings, new digital technologies and trade agreements, we have forgotten to strengthen our mental health and enjoy the here and now.

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