Saturday, January 28, 2023

Did you know that we all can have mental illness?

Second meeting of the cycle of dialogue on mental health under the motto “Link and Care”

The University of Murcia, as part of its health and wellness strategy, has organized a series of meetings with the Solidarity Association with the aim of demystifying mental health coordinated for the university community by the Office of the Vice President of Health Sciences and Services. Thus, on 14 December the second meeting took place in the La Mercedes class.

This is a conversation between students, users and experts, highlighting the need to raise awareness in society about mental health through my own experiences and reflections: “Is society ready to welcome someone with health problems?” Ready for the ?Psychic?”

In this case, the conversation was led by Pilar Balanza, a clinical psychologist from the Murcian Health Service, and Esperanza Parra, a mental health activist and member of the ECOS association. In her intervention, she detailed the need to continue fighting to normalize a topic that is still taboo: “We all say we’ve had knee surgery but no one talks about their anxiety or depression.” doesn’t,” Pilar said. As an expert, she pointed out that many psychology professionals feel unsatisfied with the number of patients they see, as they cannot give each individual the attention they deserve.

Esperanza Parra began her speech by claiming: “I am a person who has a mental illness, but I am not mentally ill, it does not define me as a person.” From his experiences, he was able to show all attendees the importance of association and links that exist between all users of the association. He makes sure that members of the associations are joining forces to bring about a change in the way mental health is understood.

Thanks to the subsequent intervention of some participants, the need to talk about families was seen. Some relatives claimed, “Somebody’s pain is too difficult to bear.” For this reason, one of the upcoming conversations will be entirely devoted to families, and how they should manage this situation so that they don’t feel alone.

The talk ended with the hope that society can really get involved, because mental health affects us all, we all can have an illness at some point in our lives.

Sara Abellan Hernandez

Journalism Student at UMU

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