Thursday, February 9, 2023

Mental Health from a Gender Perspective: Starting 2023

Mexico is going through a pandemic depression More worryingly, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography has recorded the number of suicides registered across the country since 1994, in those years, the highest number was 2,603, on the other hand, the numbers shot up in 2021 giving a total of 8,432. it’s clear, mental health The issue of Mexicans is an issue that should be on the public agenda of the state. It is not just a matter of giving it a comprehensive public health treatment, but it must be addressed with a gender perspective Inclusive, understanding social contexts, race, age, geography and of course, gender.

There is no hidden truth in indicating that womanLike other vulnerable groups, we find ourselves in situations of sexism exclusion, masculinity and violence. According to data from the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI), 34.8 million people have experienced a depressive episode in their lives and overall 20.37% are women and 14.48% are men.

Las woman they face a patriarchal system Which confines them to housework, caring, being the pillars of the family and deprives them of the possibility of self-care, to recognize that women, mothers, sisters, workers also suffer and survive mental disorders.

so, from a feminist perspective that tries to reconcile us with our mental health And the need to recognize ourselves and within the framework of the well-known Blue Monday (January 17), these key points that prioritize us, come to the fore in collaboration with feminist therapist Carla Morales and feminist psychologist and specialist in sexuality, Rocio Pedraza . ,

  • Saying “No”: On Assertiveness

Femininity has become a double edged sword for women. A series of requirements that outline what it is to be a good woman, appeals to satisfy our partner, family, society and, in general, mark how we should engage with the world. An academic article from the University of Psychology of Costa Rica, “The Construction of Femininity: Women as Subjects of History and as Subjects of Desire”, states that the phenomenon is heavily influenced by gender stereotypes; Women need to be nice. To be a valid subject in the society at all times, the woman should be passive and never say “no”.

Along these lines, feminist psychotherapist Carla Morales points out that one of the strongest mandates in patriarchal societies is that women can never be denied anything, because a woman who dares to voice what she does not want has to be denied. Defends and supports “no”. automatically makes her a bad woman without fear; Unwanted women who do not fulfill the gender role assigned to them from childhood.

Women are responsible for our feelings, for defending ourselves and fighting against the stigma of being a mother, friend, partner, girlfriend or wife; Women are not born to comfort others with our silence and passivity.

  • medical Thief gender perspective and feminist women

a professional in psycho-emotional health with a feminist background and gender perspective It is a great support for women who are in a vulnerable position.

It is important to reach out to a professional who helps us understand the situation we are experiencing without blame, recrimination, or accusations of masochism. The job of these health professionals is to be listeners and company, helping them to experience processes of acceptance and empathetic understanding.

There is a dire need for women to start building support networks with other feminist allies: let’s listen, share, and heal together.

Our mothers, friends, colleagues, sisters, aunts, friends are a fundamental and essential part of us. Friendships and alliances among women help us get to know, listen, love, and support each other, even when we believe no one does.

Support networks also become a mechanism to fight against all the harassment and violence that we experience everyday at work, in the streets, in schools; Friendship between women is an excellent weapon against patriarchal society.

It stems from the acts of companionship, selfless love, support, listening and the ability to find refuge in other women.

  • Accept that even negative emotions are healthy

Historically, patriarchy has become so firmly entrenched in our societies that even feelings have become gendered.

From childhood, upbringing sets the way in which girls should learn to relate to belonging, maternal, caring, and passive femininity. There is an explicit capitalization of negative emotions, an androcentric capitalization that tells us that emotions such as anger, annoyance, or resentment can only be expressed by men. On the other hand, such feelings as passivity, sociability, and tenderness are issues that attract femininity.

We women also have the right to fight, burn, raise our voices, show our anger and get angry when there is any injustice in front of us. Recognizing our feelings is a fundamental part of being woman who have been denied feeling.

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