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Pioneering research in Navarra evaluates the mental and physical health of adolescents

Is named sexum, And if in mythology the utterance of this word opens the door to a hidden treasure, then here it can be regarded as an allegory for another opening, but this mental one. A clear step towards a very valuable knowledge for the future. A group of researchers, with the participation of the Department of Health, moves to Navarra Pioneering program that will assess the mental health and habits of teenagers, Its aim? Get data from 4,000 students who will be followed on this aspect of health until they reach the age of 25. UPNA and CUN participate in the project and it is financed by the Carlos III Health Institute through European funds.

Almudena Sanchez Villegas She is a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Navarra and a Professor of Public Health at UPNA. After years of research on mental health in university students, he decided to change the target and lower the age of the protagonist of the research. Thus, during a previous phase of work in Gran Canaria, he designed the SESSAMO project: monitoring secondary school students to assess mental health and obesity. In 2020, she and her team requested funding from the Carlos III Institute and were granted 3 years to start the project.

However, his program goes ahead. ,We observed that the ideal follow-up study would be, Use these three years of funding to get the baseline information, data, and then scale it up. Thus, we contacted all the schools in Gran Canaria, the schools in Navarra and all the schools in the province of Álava, where we also had contacts with psychiatrists working on the subject. There is already data in the Canary Islands and in Navarra, where I have obtained the location, the collection has now started ”, begins Almudena.

process of volunteer recruitment Now begins in Navara. Contacts have already taken place: they visit all schools and institutions that accepted their initial request for cooperation, attend parent-teacher meetings and sessions with the students themselves. Through a completed online questionnaire, students are also asked about eating habits, use of substances such as drugs, alcohol or pornography, their friendships and sexual relationships, and their use of social networks. In a later phase, for which they do not yet have funding, the idea is to repeat the questionnaire and update the same volunteers every three years.

supports you by leading the project Adriana Goni Sarris, Clinical psychologist of the Navarro Health Service’s Mental Health Management. She highlights the pioneering nature of the study due to the target population it is addressed at: second to fourth year ESO students: “The study of this segment of the population is essential, as it is in the midst of its physical and mental development. stage. and is more vulnerable to suffering from certain mental or personality disorders or suicide attempts. Similarly, there is a trend toward increased abusive behavior on social networks and progressive loss of healthy eating habits and physical activity. We call this Would like to verify with follow-up”.

Two other women complete the Sesamo team. These are the two professionals from Clínica Universidad de Navarra: Francisca Lahortiga Ramos clinical psychologist and professor, and Azucena Diez Suarez, Child Psychiatrist and Pediatrician. The obtained results will allow us to learn about the main health problems of the young population and their lifestyle.

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