Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Mental Health: Investing and Creating Public Policies

Yvonne Maldonado
Psychology Career Director
University of the Americas Concepcion Campus

The rise in the prevalence of diseases associated with mental health is a reality, as elaborated by various studies and investigations carried out over the past period, with the health crisis posed by the pandemic being one of the most relevant triggering factors.
The confinement, economic hardships and fear of contagion have left visible and invisible scars that cannot yet be definitively quantified. The prevalence of symptoms associated with depressive disorders and generalized anxiety has increased in recent times, with various studies showing how these symptoms have worsened with higher demand for mental health care.
In this regard, it can be elaborated that the depressive picture manifests itself with difficulty in sleeping, concentrating and experiencing pleasure with activities that were previously enjoyed, lack of energy, feeling of hopelessness, Sadness, etc. Meanwhile, the symptoms associated with generalized anxiety disorder are extreme worry, restlessness, difficulty relaxing, irritability, and fear that something terrible will happen.
However, it is important to note that all mental health difficulties have a direct impact on the quality of life of people and their families, with an emotional and economic cost associated with these conditions that is often invisible compared to other illnesses that affect . Direct physical field.
Currently, our country has a mental health budget that is less than the budget recommended by the World Health Organisation, which shows that we as a country have a significant debt in this area.
In this sense, it is essential to ensure that public policies proceed from a community mental health perspective, where investments in promotion and prevention are made in territories based on local needs, recognized from a comprehensive perspective, and integrated with psychiatry. Attitude is strengthened. Recognizing people as part of a system in which relationships are established that affect their problems.
Although it is true that this idea is found as a guideline within the planning of the comprehensive family and community health care model implemented in Chile, resources are limited and do not allow the consolidation of strategies, actions and interventions that reflect the spirit of give concrete form to this model. For this, more investment and the creation of public policies that address social determinants that allow for a better quality of life and psychological balance are needed.

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