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That stigma no longer exacerbates mental health

Elizabeth R. Rojas *

PATRIA | Manizales

Mental health disorders continue to care for state authorities. High rates of morbidity, with different conditions; and suicide rate (100) per 100,000 people, which is higher than national (52), has strategies to consume the event.

Information was published by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare at the EleMental Health workshop, which was organized by the Saldarriaga Concha Foundation in Bogota on June 6th. There is an opportunity to talk about how Colombia and myths are circulating around patients suffering from conditions of this kind.

Ana María Ortiz Hoyos, coordinator of the Foundation for Health and Wellbeing, spoke about this topic. "You have to learn about these issues, to avoid stigma, there are many myths we have as a community, which prevents us from talking about it."

Anxiety and fear, according to Ortiz, are some manifestations when we think about mental health. He said that the most serious fear of these ills is that it prevents people from seeking help. He explained that mental disorders, such as physical pathology, need healing, rehabilitation and specialists. He stressed that this is becoming the main obstacle to seeking healthcare services and even helping third parties.

He also replied:

– How does the family affect mental health beliefs?

This largely depends on family and community information involving people in the business, friends, pairs, etc. Regarding the diagnosis, the first thing to do is learn to understand and respond to what's going on. A special problem with the stigma is how we start from the family to alleviate it. We need to talk about it.

– Is it difficult to touch the topic at work?

In working environments, it is much more complicated. That is, you are not obligated to say that you have a mental illness. However, close people who are daily in my work can help me a lot as a support network. It would be worth discussing, knowing he is there and being informed.

– Is there a lack of awareness of public bodies?

They do it through the Mental Health Act and the use of psychoactive substances. The exercise should not only be for a person suffering from a disorder, but should also carry out the previous work in which they carry out promotional exercises, warnings, campaigns, among other things.

– We need to take care of mental health …

We're not used to it. It hurts us to take care of our emotions, we have to take care of it. It is worth identifying our symptoms and symptoms of others. That's everyone's responsibility. We need to talk about it in all environments and spaces.

– Do not you have to be afraid of approaching experts in this area?

You have to go. Psychologist or psychiatrist can be fundamental in our life. They can prevent the deterioration of the health condition, with catastrophic consequences for the patient being diagnosed. We need to lose our fear of feeling.

* The journalist was invited by the Saldarriaga Concha Foundation to the EleMental Health workshop, which was held on 6 June at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

From the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

Juan Pablo Uribe Restrepo, Health Minister, opened an EleMental Health workshop. He explained that it was very complicated for people suffering from disorder, the process of refusing others for ignorance of what they were diagnosing.

Uribe said the use of drugs and mental health are closely related: "I recently attended the World Health Assembly, with ministers from other countries, and that's the idea we have, the strategies we are working on reducing the risk of reducing cases and numbers. Consumption in the country is 12 years, but we do not ignore the fact that there are younger consumers.

The head of the national portfolio emphasized that this is the job of anyone who can not leave the health ministry of each department because it will be limited and will not be able to carry out a wider job with better results. That this must involve society.

"But neither the Ministry can do it alone, because in each territory there are known issues of particularity." On my last visit to Manizales, I met what the Department works with the Observatory for Social Welfare, the Territorial Observatory. This is a very positive work that has enabled them to have accurate data on these conditions and other diseases, in other respects. "

The Minister assured that the exhibition of social indicators presented by the Observatory in Caldas was of fundamental importance, as they allowed to improve mitigation plans that improved the quality of life of citizens of 27 municipalities: "They are an example of a move to health determinants, a strategy that has to be repeated throughout country. "

What do you think when you hear a & # 39; mental disorder & # 39 ;?

Antonio Sánchez, from Puerta del Sol

Drugs, narcotics.

Mariana Londoño, from El Carmen neighborhood


Diego Castaño, from Palermo

Addiction to drugs, the third age.

Doris Amanda Henao, Neira

Emotional situation

Luis Alberto Corredor of Cyprus

If we're boiled.

In Caldas

The registration of self-injured injuries and consequences, at the Social Observatory of Territorial Health, has provided the following list for the last five years:

Valid cases

2014. 56

2015. 75

2016. 71

2017. 62

2018. 71

In disorder

Mixed anxiety and depressive disorder, a return diagnosis in Caldas health services, according to the Territorial Health Administration. They also explain bipolarity and disorder of adaptation, including, but not limited to, lower reports.

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