"There is no emotional education in school, they don't teach us to define what we feel"

“There is no emotional education in school, they don’t teach us to define what we feel”

Lack emotional education in schools. “They teach us to do square roots but not to talk about emotions, give a name to what we feel”. This is the testimony of two people. mental health activists attendees this afternoon ‘Parle of Depression’, the First major mental health meeting after the pandemic who joined people those suffering from depression assets Y political figures, As a member of the Barcelona City Council in charge of Health, Elegance and Therapies, Gemma Side, or director of the National Mental Health Agreement, Magda Casamitjana. A journalist from EL PERIÓDICO moderated the discussion. Fidel Masreal.

“In school they taught me to solve math problems but when I went to the psychologist and he asked me how I was feeling, I didn’t know what to answer” announced Not, A young woman overcoming a depression. for him “to know history” as important as “knowing how to manage an anxiety attack or a moment of anger”. said the same carmen, A woman who has had four depressions and is now an activist. “It’s very important to be brave when you’re not okay and say ‘I’m not okay’… big stamp society,” he commented.

In this sense, casamitjana acknowledged the lack of resources and child and adolescent mental health centers (CSMIJ) can’t help schools much because waiting lists are “enormous”.

on his behalf region emphasized that talking about depression is a “key” thing, and not only with specialists, but also with people who suffer or suffer from it. City council member, in the last three years, In the European Union (EU), depression and anxiety increased by 27%. “There is a class and gender discrimination in mental health. Women have a 10-point higher risk than men,” he stressed.

Worse in recent years

According to the director of Mental Health and Addictions at the Institut d’Assistència Sanitària, Claudi Camps, “disclosed” the pandemic “security bug” above all, the drag society in the last decades. “We live in constant changes, but emotional ignoramuses”, Basically the most important thing “social ties”.

Director of Mental Health Catalonia, martha poll, made it happen. worsening mental health of the general population has to do with “lifestyles”. “In 2015, we have already started to discuss that young people can’t stand this lifestyle, they are starting to emerge. emotional problems” The survey said. so he asked “create spaces” where these issues will be discussed. In this sense, the pandemic has “helped” to speak in a different way.

The survey also called stop focusing mental health solely on healing. “It is true that there is a shortage of psychologists and psychiatrists, but other things must be done as well. It is necessary to focus on the focal point. social and community dimension”, gave value.

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Another entity present at the meeting is Obertament Catalunya, formed “better” in recent years treatment by mental health media. “There is more attention and they are starting to realize that you need to give a voice to the person in this situation. personal experience”, told Ariadna Rogero From Obertament Catalunya.

Vice President of the National Youth Council of Catalonia, Julia Rossana, he regretted “stigma” and “criminalization” falls for young people when talking about them, but also when analyzing their mental health problems. ” 80% of the headlines they’re negative when talking about young people,” he explained. insecurity The suffering of this group doesn’t make things any easier, but Rossana said young people want to participate too. mental health and housing debates, For example. “We want to participate but We have to believe, we want to be heard” said.

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