The General Council of Pharmaceutical Colleges in association with Neuroxpharm is running the campaign ‘Lumen: Shining a light for mental health’, which aims to highlight its importance. community pharmacist as health professionals who can be allies in the fight against patients mental health epidemic,
Christmas is sometimes a period of caution for people with a mental health disorder, as the stressful and anxious state brought on by the holidays can exacerbate symptoms and hinder participation in festivities. loneliness and social isolation,
reluctance to seek professional help
In these cases, it is important to resort to tools that help achieve good mental health, in addition to consulting expert professionals. However, data indicates that Spaniards still find it difficult to seek professional help to deal with it. According to the study ‘Lumen: the role of the pharmacy professional in mental health management in Spain’ conducted by Neuroxpharm, 85% of the population have experienced some kind of emotional problem in the last two years, the most common Tension (61%), the the sadness (55%) and Nervousness (52%). Furthermore, over the same period 65% have felt affected by mental health ailments, which highlights the matter Worry (46%), loss sleep disorders (about 40%) and depression (19%).
Despite these statistics, according to the above study, only 25% of Spaniards consider requesting professional help primary care physician or psychiatrist and among them, Only 12.5% have managed to do so, The Center for Sociological Research (CIS), for its part, estimates that 6.4% of the population went to a mental health professional for some sort of symptom in the first year of the pandemic. From these data it can be deduced that the Spaniards have despite the need reluctant to see mental health professionals,
In this sense, the ‘Lumen: Giving Light for Mental Health’ campaign focuses on community pharmacists as health professionals who can be patient aideKnow the symptoms and contact the medical professional in your case.
The campaign counts as the godmother and spokesperson of Botaría García, who explains that “the pharmacist is often the first professional Where a person with mental health problems goes. Pharmacists are trained to help you and quality training based on scientific evidence is an essential factor. The Pharmacists don’t have superpowers, but beneath their white cloaks they are capable of the unimaginable. Our next challenge should be to end the stigma around mental health.”