“There are no vaccines for mental health pandemics”

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The crisis in mental health care is a humanitarian crisis. This was pointed out by José Leal during the Mental Health Congress in which he also commented that social inequalities such as “the worst of pandemics”, for which, to date, “there are no vaccines” and warned that “the crisis in mental health care is a humanitarian crisis ”.

«The discrimination that each of us faces are different. Each person is born with a series of conditioning factors and experiences external and environmental factors that determine what will later become their health, both physical and mental, “said during the inauguration Nel A. González Zapico, president of
Mental Health Spain.

González Zapico claimed “that the individual situation of each person be taken into account in order to offer adequate mental health care, and above all that work is done on prevention ».

In addition, he wanted to highlight the need not to link “mental health problems with exclusively brain factors, and ignore others, such as rejection, stigma and the lack of sufficient care for people and their environment.”

the need to apply emotional health from the classroom, to listen to children and attend to the specific needs that they manifest to us and to promote psychoeducation of society as a whole.

During the congress, the reduction in investment in mental health was denounced, the saturation of mental health centers in low-income areas, inequalities by geographical areas in Spain and the general loss of accessibility, which affects those who have the least to a greater extent.

Against this, full and direct accessibility to resources in this area has been claimed.

Another of the conclusions they reached is the need to apply emotional health from the classroom, to listen to children and attend to the specific needs that they express to us and to promote psychoeducation of society as a whole.

From left to right: Rosa Bayarri, member of the Board of Directors of SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA and Ana Ribera, author of the book ‘Los Días Equal’ – SM

Likewise, the participants denounced the generalization, transversality and invisibility of gender violence; the lack of specialization for the care of elderly people with mental health disorders, especially women.

The table was also put on the table. scourge of structural racism that impacts on migrants and racialized people and that directly affects their mental health and expels them to the periphery of society.

A starting point to end these realities is to recognize the privileges to focus our gaze on this type of discrimination and apply concrete solutions.

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