For specialists in the field of psychology, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered some situations allusive to mental health, among which anxiety, stress, depression and suicidal ideation stand out, they even warn that in the future they will see their Collateral damage.
For Álvaro Antonio Ascary Aguillón Ramírez, director of the Faculty of Psychology (FaPsi) of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL), the passage of the covid-19, unquestionably, will leave consequences in the citizens; However, he refers, it will be through adaptability that the problems arising from the pandemic can be successfully solved.
“Without the intention of alarming, yes, indisputably, there are going to be collateral effects; adaptability, flexibility, the transfer of realities will invite us to new styles of coexistence, which will invite us to return to seek some stability.
“In all cases, everything will have to have an adaptability and a redesign,” he said.
Mental health is strongly linked to different spheres and actions of life, such as organic levels, so it must be paid attention every day, therefore it is vital to disseminate and socialize the importance of mental health.
In Fapsi, he referred, because of the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 to the entity, they considered as an institution to adapt to that reality, investigate and offer the population different help platforms.
“Our rector Rogelio Garza Rivera strongly encouraged us and led us to create new measures to address the difficulties of society, such as stress, anxiety, depression, conflict management, violence at home and all that.
“And different programs were created to address all this on social networks, on digital platforms, such as the Ceerca program, Unicontigo, the Uni Informa App, in conjunction with the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics; the Virtual Seminar on Proactive Stress Management, together with the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (FIME) and the Support Unit in Crisis for Companies ”, he explained.
In the Ceerca online program, he commented, they performed 5,409 services on prevention and suicidal ideation, while in Unicontigo they had more than 5,300 inquiries about anxiety, stress and insomnia.
With the Uni Informa app, they had 2,535 users in this informative course, and 7,230 people participated in the stress seminar.
In addition to the more than 7 thousand attentions they received in the Faculty’s Psychological Services Unit.
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More than 900 services in the health sector: Manuel de la O
The Secretary of Health in Nuevo León, Manuel de la O Cavazos, shared that during the pandemic they have carried out 953 care related to mental health within the health sector personnel, as well as 3 thousand 807 calls for psychological care in the general population.
“Throughout their lives, one in four people will have a mental health disorder, the most common: anxiety and depression,” said the head of the Nuevo León Health Secretariat.
WHO message: “Consequences will be far-reaching”
During the health contingency caused by covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that health sector personnel, students, workers, people living in poverty, minors have been equally affected , the sick and the relatives of the victims.
“The last few months have brought many challenges; for health personnel, who provide their services in difficult circumstances, and go to work in fear of taking COVID-19 home; for students who have had to adapt to distance classes, with little contact with teachers and classmates, and full of anxiety about their future.
“For workers, whose livelihoods are threatened, and for people with mental health conditions, many of whom are even more socially isolated than before,” says the WHO on the World Mental Health Day to be celebrated today .
The intention of this year’s celebration is aimed at mental health and covid-19 as countries pay off the pending debt they have with mental health.
In addition to raising awareness of the effects that covid-19 can have on mental health and its impact on the social and economic sphere.
“We are already seeing the consequences of the covid-19 pandemic on mental well-being, and this is just the beginning; Unless we commit to increasing investment in mental health, the health and economic consequences will be far-reaching, ”said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
1. More than 300 million people in the world live with depression.
2. In relation to adolescents, suicide is the second leading cause of death between 15 and 29 years of age.
3. One in every 4 people will suffer from some type of mental illness in their lifetime.
4. 50% of mental health problems start before the age of 15 and 75% before the age of 18.