Facundo Manes will give a virtual talk on mental health and well-being in times of pandemic – ADNSur

RAWSON (ADNSUR) – Within the framework of the videoconferencing cycle called “Let’s talk about rights” carried out by the Ministry of Government and Justice of the Province, through the Undersecretariat of Human Rights, this next October 27 at 4:00 p.m. a new virtual talk will be held “Mental health and well-being, a global priority”, motto chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO), and will be in charge of the renowned Argentine neurologist, Facundo Manes.

From the work team of the Undersecretariat they stated that “this meeting has the purpose of making this problem visible, talking and accompanying each other, understanding that mental health is just as important as physical health ”.

“We are at a time when our daily lives were significantly disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. From going to work with the fear of contagion and taking it home to students who had to adapt to distance classes, with little contact with teachers and classmates; also anxiety about the future for everyone and especially for workers, whose livelihoods are threatened ”, they continued.

“Also for fragile humanitarian environments with very little protection against COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, many of which are even more socially isolated than before and those who have had to lose a loved one, the management of pain and sometimes, without being able to say goodbye ”, they added.

To participate in the meeting, they must make a prior registration through the link available on the Facebook of the Undersecretary of Human Rights Chubut and / or contact WhatsApp 2804868302 for more information.


Well-being in body and soul

According to an investigation by the University of the Basque Country (Spain) on the effects of the pandemic, now there is greater uncertainty and concern about suffering from Covid-19 or losing loved ones; a decrease in confidence and optimism, especially in women and in people in poor employment situations; and an increase in irritability, again with a greater impact on women and the unemployed.

If we do not act now, in concert with research with vaccines and treatments, the post-pandemic outlook will be bleak for the mental health of millions of people.

And taking action, obviously, is not prescribing more antidepressants or anxiolytics, or building more psychiatric hospitals. Both actions are necessary to address some consequences; however, the idea is to be proactive and avoid them.

In response to the feeling of anxiety, according to the consulting firm Llorente y Cuenca (LLYC), there has been a rapid and broad change that goes from the “concept of wellness [bienestar], centered on the individual, al by wellbeing [bienestar integral], a more holistic vision that includes different people and sectors of our societies ”.

What does this mean? A call for the participation of the whole society in the benefits of well-being.

Wellbeing is defined as the state of satisfaction and tranquility that a person presents, thanks to their good physical and mental conditions.

“If societies and companies are unable to focus holistically on people’s well-being (including physical, emotional and spiritual health), it will be almost impossible to create safety nets that allow citizens to return to work and be productive ”, They explain from LLYC.

For this reason, I have always opted for wellness programs in all their aspects: emotional, physical, social and financial. This is what happens every November in the event “In Body and Soul”, which this year will be held in an online version, with more universal access, more experts and with the empowering and transforming energy of always.

To keep your balance in difficult times, “you have to grab the bull by the horns” and get going, as a popular saying reflects.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic has disrupted or paralyzed mental health services in 93% of countries. And if, as the WHO itself says, mental health is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders and treatment, then let’s look for our own tools. Healthy living is much more than curing or protecting yourself from disease.



You are part of the medicine

As we all know, when we are faced with a disease, we are exposed to a treatment with the purpose of being healed. That treatment, among many things, is made up of drugs that fight the disease. Today I want to introduce you to a drug that is extremely effective for the recovery of the patient. It doesn’t come in a pill bottle, you don’t have to look for it anywhere, you don’t need a prescription, or money to buy it. That drug is yourself.

You can help the mental health patient by committing to these three principles:

1. “I will not underestimate the disease”

Many people tend to feel compassionate and help those suffering from a physical illness, however they underestimate when the illness is psychological. Unfortunately, the suicide rate has increased and most of these deaths are directly related to mental health illnesses. So if how deadly an illness can be is what moves us to do something, then mental illness is a compelling reason.

When we talk about mental illness, many people do not consider depression or anxiety to be part of it. The main reason is because today many suffer from these conditions. However, we need to understand that just because something becomes common does not mean that it is normal, so we must pay attention when a person is diagnosed with any of these conditions.

2. “I will look through your eyes”

I remember the first time I was able to see graphs of how a person with schizophrenia distorts reality. Some saw animals where there were none, others saw people with malicious glances, among many other equally sad scenarios. How much compassion I felt when I understood that those who suffer from this disease see something totally different from those who are healthy!

It is extremely important that we understand that the patient who suffers from a mental illness does not necessarily interpret the world and what he experiences as someone who does not suffer from one. For example:

· For a healthy person, loud music could mean joy, while for a person with anxiety disorder it could be maddening noise.

· What for a healthy person could be a simple difference, for a person in depression it can represent a very serious situation that affects them for weeks, days, or even years.

So that, to help, we must understand their condition and start from their reality. Seeing the world through their lenses, by then being sensitive to their pain being able to be a facilitator. Don’t pressure or bother him because he should feel different, believe me, if most people could choose not to suffer they would choose, so be compassionate and patient.

3. “I will accompany you”

I remember a moving television commercial, in which an elderly woman received a mail envelope. When he saw that it belonged to his son, he was very moved and immediately went to open it. How much pain he showed when he saw that inside there was no letter, only a few bills and nothing else!

If we want to be medicine we have to commit to being present. Presence constitutes quality time; so that, Let us strive to build pleasant moments. Let’s read him a good book, watch a movie, avoid talking about negative things, on the contrary; Let’s talk about good things that make us laugh. Let’s promote deep conversations about how you feel and listen carefully so that we can channel any thoughts that may be harmful in time.

When we are not part of the Solution, we become part of the Problem. We can all help others to have una better life, commit to being medicine.

(Christy Muller is an international speaker, author of the bookA better life”).


If written according to the guidelines, reporting on suicide can save lives

Liputan6.com, Jakarta News suicide presented without considering good guidelines will have a negative impact on readers or viewers. In this regard, suicidologist and founder of the Into the Light Community, Benny Prawira Siauw, delivered a guide to writing safe suicide news.

According to him, the news suicide safe can save more people. The first thing you can do is not underestimate mental disorders.

“Regarding the issue of mental disorders, for example in the news it is assumed that people who want to commit suicide are just looking for attention because they commit suicide while live or in public places. This is a false example, ”said Benny on Thursday (8/10/2020).

“What is good is finding facts, for example, they are doing an experiment suicide in the public space because they are actually looking for help but no one is listening so they have to give signals so loudly. “

Facts about mental disorders can be taken from expert statements or official websites such as WHO.

Furthermore, eliminating misconceptions about mental health disorders associated with supernatural or religious things. A wrong example is to use the term “possessed” because people with mental disorders are often perceived as lacking faith or being punished by God.

Safe reporting related to this is to use descriptive explanations about mental health disorders and avoid labeling habits related to the supernatural.


Mental health forum for the well-being of the family – Telemundo Phoenix / Tucson

ARIZONA- Telemundo Arizona, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Arizona authorities hold the Forum on mental health for your family this Thursday in these times of coronavirus.

In this first session you will focus on managing your family’s physical and mental health needs. Also, know the importance of the warning signs that your children need help. Experts will give us tips and mental well-being practices that are easy to implement in your family.

These are the panelists for this forum:

  • PCH Mental Health Experts: Anne Marie Cardinal, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Angelica Tovar-Huffman, LCSW and Mental Health Coordinator for HYO (Homeless Youth Outreach).
  • PCH Physical Health Expert – Dra. Amanda Campos.
  • Francis Pacaja, AZDCS Prevention Coordinator


The wave of mental illness stemming from the pandemic | Health & Wellness

The anguish of the pandemic and economic uncertainty are significantly affecting the mental health of millions, to the point that some specialists fear a second wave of psychiatric conditions.

Anxiety, radical changes in routine, financial shortages… The emergencies of the psychiatric hospitals are receiving people who had never attended; the pandemic triggers mental illness. A phenomenon that goes unnoticed in the face of the health and social urgency.

Johan Sidawy is president of Comme des fous (Like crazy). A French association seeking to change the way we view insanity: “With the quarantines, people began to live more or less what a person with mental disorders does. There is a psychological dimension of confinement that is the same when one is locked up in a psychiatric hospital. Which is very hard ”he explained.

He believes that mental health is still considered less important than physical health.

Posttraumatic stress

There are no data yet to measure how acute the problem is. However, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) fears, “a mental health crisis never seen before.”

On the ground, specialists notice that their activity is intensifying. During a long vacation, the French Federation of Psychologists had a hectic August. Usually that month is pretty quiet. Many patients arrive with post-traumatic stress disorder after losing their job.

Increased aggressiveness

Psychiatrist and clinical psychologist in Spain, Jaume Carielles agrees with his French colleagues. However, he does not fear the saturation of psychiatric services.

“There has been an increase in depression, anxiety, disorders derived from phobias, obsessions. More than psychosis or increases in suicide – which are due to the economic crisis – I think there has been an increase in aggressiveness. It is very true that consultations have increased “
, he comments.

The psychiatrist states that “lack of control, approaching chaos, creates insecurity” and causes not only mental health problems but also “psychosomatic disorders and lengthens chronic diseases. “People need reference points,” he adds.

Symptoms can manifest in different ways. “In this collective madness that is the pandemic, you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel,” says Johan Sidawy.

Mental illness and the environment

The important thing, according to the president of “Comme des fous”, is to understand that “psychiatry is not made only for the mentally ill”. In this context, “people who were not diagnosed get sick.”

He also points out that “this shows that they are not diseases that are 100% caused by chemical dysregulation of the brain. Social conditions and the environment play an important role in triggering diseases ”.

Sidawy was diagnosed with schizophrenia by psychiatry. He does not agree with the diagnosis and militates above all so that the disease does not define him and that madness is seen with different eyes: “The border between a person diagnosed and one who has not been diagnosed is not so great.” He also advocates that mental problems are not treated only with medication and in a coercive way.

The confinement exacerbated his symptoms and “when I went to the emergency room they received me by tying me to the bed. When they inject the drugs, they generally do not seek consent. That brutality traumatizes people ”.

“More empathy and less pills”

For his part, Dr. Carielles raises his voice against “pills”, that is, prescribing drugs against depression, for example, without really addressing its causes. “Patients are not leg diseases”, dice.

The psychiatrist calls on his colleagues and the entire medical body to be more empathetic, to “take time to listen to feelings and emotions with real interest for a few minutes” to prevent physical and mental conditions from worsening.

It also recommends that when we are afraid we seek advice and call the numbers that most countries have made available for free.

Getting sick is not a fatality

And if “one falls ill, is distressed or falls into a depression, it is not a fatality”, says Johan Sidawy. “The hospital and the medical team can help restore mental health. Going to a psychiatric hospital should not be stigmatized, it should not be a sentence. You have to be able to go out again and live like the others ”.

“It gives the impression that once you entered the mental health system you can no longer go out and be part of society,” he concludes.

To withstand the confinement that exacerbated his symptoms, Johan Sidawy made a remote program with Colifata radio with a couple he did not know. It is the radio of the inmates and former inmates of the Borda hospital in Buenos Aires. It was the first radio in the world to broadcast from a psychiatric hospital.


The COVID-19 Pandemic Makes People Addicted to the Internet


JAKARTAPandemic COVID-19 turns out to have a negative impact on the habits of society, to which they become addicted to internet.

The prevalence of Indonesia’s adult population experiencing internet addiction during the period pandemic COVID-19 14.4%. Duration online also increased by 52% compared to before the pandemic. This situation deserves to be watched out for because overuse of the internet can actually exacerbate feelings of anxiety, depression, and encourage compulsive behavior, which in turn aggravates internet addiction. (Read Also: These 4 Types of Exercise Effectively Lower Cholesterol Levels)

The findings are based on study based web conducted by a number of staff from the Department of Mental Health, FKUI-RSCM and the Faculty of Psychology, Atma Jaya Catholic University. Education This involved 4,734 respondents from all provinces in Indonesia and was published in the international journal Frontiers in Psychiatry in September 2020.

One of the predictive factors that cause addictive behavior internet during a pandemic is an impetus to seek information related to the COVID-19 disease. Psychological stress that arises from fear of the COVID-19 virus infection can also underlie a person to seek recreation through activities online.

For individuals with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the household, they had a psychopathological score twice as high. Research This also suggests that internet addiction is associated with decreased sleep time and quality.

“Those with internet addiction also usually have difficulty starting to sleep. The poor quality of sleep has the potential to cause psychological problems and a decline in the immune system, ”said Dr. dr. Kristiana Siste, Sp.KJ (K).

In individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the household, this situation has a higher chance of occurring. There are three questionnaires used in the study, namely the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire (KDAI), the Symptoms Checklist 90 (SCL-90), and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). The questionnaire was distributed widely online through social media by the research team from 28 April to 1 June 2020.

In addition, questionnaires were also sent to the secretaries of each state-owned company and university academics. (Read Also: Study: Wearing Glasses Reduces Exposure to COVID-19 Infection)

This study also uses a strategy respondent driven sampling, meaning that research respondents were asked to help disseminate link questionnaire to others. In general, the results of the research are expected to increase public awareness to maintain conditions psychological health they are at the time of this pandemic.



Seven tips to maintain work well-being at home

Adapting to teleworking has not been easy for many people. Not having adequate spaces, having a large family, not having good internet connectivity, among other factors, causes stress, exhaustion and anxiety. How to maintain mental health and work well-being in this context?

Robert Walters, a consulting firm specializing in the search and selection of middle managers and executives, published the Guide to Protecting Mental Health and Well-Being by Working Remotely. The tips he suggests are:

  1. Create a definitive space that surpasses that of your office

Having an organized and enjoyable workspace helps maintain a productive, positive and motivated mindset. “Although it is tempting to work from the comfort of your sofa, it is preferable to have a designated workspace as this implies fewer distractions and a better separation between your personal and professional life,” says Iván Baltasar, head of the Valencian Community at Robert Walters .

  1. A daily routine with time limits = a routine far from burn out

In order to achieve a sense of “normalcy”, try to follow your usual work routine as much as possible. Set the alarm to wake up, get dressed, have a quiet coffee or exercise before work – it is important to maintain your daily rituals, structure your day in an effective and organized way to feel safe, in control and calm.

  1. Social distancing does not equal social isolation

“It is important to bear in mind that social distancing should not mean social isolation, so we recommend that you find ways to maintain frequent communication with your co-workers, but also with your family and friends, and that you leave your home -respecting always preventive and security measures – as much as possible so as not to be locked up at home all week working ”, suggests Baltasar.

  1. Infoxication: information is power in its proper measure

Being exposed to a large amount of negative information can increase your feeling of anxiety. Don’t spend so much time with the television on or watching news about Covid-19. The constant flow of information about the pandemic causes concern. Ideally, focus on data from reliable sources such as WHO and local authority platforms. Try not to share rumors or misinformation that could generate panic.

  1. The importance of “kit kats”

As in any work environment, taking breaks is extremely important to relax your brain and body. Pauses have been shown to significantly improve a person’s productivity levels and attention span, as well as being beneficial for mental health.

  1. Mindfulness, relaxation, yoga

Many companies offer employee support programs and a wide range of benefits to support their physical and mental well-being, especially since the pandemic began. Take advantage of these tools when you need them. You can also be proactive and look for other activities on your own.

  1. Never be afraid to ask for help

If you experience anxiety, bad mood or any other unusual condition, it is important that you ask for help before the situation worsens, whether it is from a trusted colleague, friend, family member, your own company, your health center or a support organization. Professionals work an average of 28 more hours per month when telecommuting and 18% have difficulty disconnecting when working remotely.


Covid-19, access to mental health centers up 30 percent

The Covid-19 pandemic has a “hidden” impact, not recorded in the virus positivity bulletins or in intensive care admissions: worries and anxieties connected more or less directly to the virus, from the fear of contagion to work difficulties due to crisis, are hitting the mental health of the population hard. The #insiemeperlasalutementale campaign has just started to talk about it and above all to break down the wall of prejudice towards patients, making them ask for help and not feel alone.

Growing discomfort

Estimates indicate that a difficult autumn is looming from the point of view of mental well-being, in which more than one in two people could suffer from mental disorders. “Before Covid-19 it was estimated that in 2030, that is in less than 10 years, diseases of the mind will overcome cardiovascular diseases becoming the most widespread in the world: considering the enormous increase in cases in this period between pre and post lockdown , it is not excluded that this overtaking may even take place earlier, if it has not already happened, ”he explains Massimo di Giannantonio, president of the Italian Society of Psychiatry. “We have calculated that the mental health services will have 30 percent more patients, or 300,000 new cases that will add up to the 900,000 already treated by the structures; to this is added the always very low propensity for public investment in the field of mental health. Italy, with its 3.2 per cent, remains behind in Europe which has averages above 5 per cent: we have fewer doctors, fewer staff, fewer operators dedicated to this increasingly important sector of public health that today risks the default “.

Information campaign

Experts are therefore calling for investments and greater accessibility to mental health services, but also for more talk of mental illness so that patients are not ashamed to ask for help and do not feel alone. This is why the #insiemeperlasalutementale campaign has just started, with singer Noemi as testimonial: the goal, in view of the World Mental Health Day on 10 October, is to break down a virtual wall of stigma and prejudice through challenges designed for different social networks (the info to participate on the campaign website). “Among mental illnesses, depression is the leading cause of disability, growing in recent decades and even more so following the pandemic and its physical and economic consequences”, he explains Claudio Mencacci, president of the Italian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology (SINPF) and director of the Department of Mental Health of the Fatebenefratelli-Sacco hospital in Milan. “For this reason it is more than ever necessary to raise awareness and information that reaches all health professionals, favoring early diagnosis and intervention especially at the level of general medicine, but above all the entire population, raising awareness in particular categories such as parents and teachers , families and environments at risk. Every initiative, every campaign, every awareness raising action is fundamental: every day is important to break down the wall of indifference ».

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Parents and other caregivers are more stressed and in poorer health due to pandemic, report finds

(CNN) — When Raquel Minina’s 11-year-old son Syrus came home from school in Paulding County, Georgia last week with a sore throat, runny nose and diarrhea, she was devastated.

Minina is a hairdresser by profession, and she knew that a covid-19 diagnosis would put her out of work for a month or more, despite all the careful safety precautions she had been using to keep her clients safe.

“If I don’t work, they don’t pay me,” Minina said. “And if I am quarantined at home, I would have to pay for food delivery or I could be too sick to cook and have to pay for takeout, and I can’t pay for that.”

Syrus Minina is studying in sixth grade in a suburb of Atlanta.

It was not the first time that Minina, a single mother, faced the financial and emotional stress that Covid-19 has brought to people’s lives. At the beginning of the pandemic, she was out of work for six weeks and had to skip two mortgage payments. The stress began to affect her health.

“I could feel my heart racing, palpitations that felt like a heart attack, but it was anxiety,” Minina said. “I suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and even with my medication, I was having panic attacks.”

A quarter of caregivers are in poorer health

Similar situations occur daily in the homes of U.S as the added pressure of the pandemic takes its toll on our lives, according to a national analysis of at least 6.7 million caregivers insured by Blue Association Cross Blue Shield.

The analysis, entitled «The impact of caregiving on mental and physical health », is part of the series “US Health Report” from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which uses insurance data to identify key health care trends.

The report, released Wednesday, found that 26% of unpaid caregivers trying to balance work and family due to COVID-19 feel more stress and have poorer physical health than before the pandemic.

“Caregiver stress is very real, but many people don’t ask for help,” said Alex Drane, co-founder and CEO of Archangels, a national movement that recognizes and honors caregivers that also provides resources to those in need.

“Being a caregiver is a very lonely job. And loneliness is a very real thing that has clinical implications, “added Drane. “I think a positive aspect of covid-19 could be that it can help normalize the omnipresence of this reality so that people can feel less alone in it.”

Raquel Minina and her 11-year-old son Syrus are struggling to cope with the pandemic.

Millennials are the most affected

Millennial caregivers, the generation currently between 24 and 39 years old, appear to be the most affected compared to a reference population, according to the analysis.

Millennials were 82% more likely to have hypertension, had a 60% or more increase in anxiety or major depression, and a 74% increase in obesity, according to the data. They were also much more likely to go to emergency rooms (33%) or be hospitalized (59%).

It is possible that part of this increase is due to generational differences in health. A 2017 BCBS report found that millennials were less healthy than the previous generation, the so-called Generation X, at roughly the same age.

That analysis found that millennials were more likely to have hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and major depression; and more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, and have substance use disorders compared to the national population.

There is also a generational aspect to dealing with the virus today that comes into play, Drane said.

“Because they are younger, they haven’t seen things go as badly as the boomers,” Drane said. “If you’ve been through tough times before, you know that you will survive the virus.

The younger you are, the more overwhelming Covid-19 feels. And the data is showing it, “he added.

Mental health problems

Feeling overwhelmed affects more than physical health. The mental health of caregivers is also declining during the pandemic.

Some 57% of all caregivers report clinically significant levels of stress, anxiety or depression and many are turning to unhealthy behaviors to cope, according to the 2020 Archangels National Caregiver Survey, a separate report conducted in collaboration with BCBS.

“The stress of providing care is so real that people are dealing with alcohol, medication and food; in fact, 50% of all caregivers we surveyed had turned to food as a survival mechanism, compared to 14% who turned to alcohol and 18% who turned to medications, ”Drane said.

“It’s hard to be a caregiver in the middle of the night if you’ve been drinking or using drugs, so many caregivers turn to food,” added Drane. ” Roughly 72% of Gen Z women are dealing with food, as are 53% of millennial men.

Socioeconomic differences

The report also found that the health impact of caregiving is much greater in black or Hispanic communities than in those with a predominantly white population.

Part of this is down to the numbers: The Archangel survey found 64% of caregivers in Latino communities and 57% in black communities, while only 37% of caregivers were white.

Still, white caregivers were 56% more likely to experience feelings of isolation or loneliness compared to 52% of Latino caregivers and 43% of black caregivers.

“There is a high prevalence of multigenerational households in these communities,” Drane said. And there are some wonderful components because there is a strong community and that can lead to less anxiety, right?

“But there is also the added stress of caring for someone in your home when you are an essential worker or sole provider of income, which sometimes overlaps with lower-income situations,” he added.

“It is exhausting”

Back in Georgia, Raquel Minina is breathing in relief. Syrus tested negative for COVID-19, and her symptoms improved within days, a sign that she was suffering from a cold or stomach virus rather than having COVID-19.

Raquel Minina helps her son with his homework.

Another blessing: After submitting a petition to the school district, he was able to convince officials to allow Syrus to attend e-learning from home, rather than return to school in person.

While that means you can continue working, it doesn’t reduce the additional stress Minina faces while overseeing her homeschooling, a challenge faced by many parents across the country.

“Syrus has dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and I have to be with him while he studies to make sure he stays focused,” said Minina. And because of his learning disabilities, it takes him longer to do his job. It takes us between six and eight hours a day.

“And when he takes a break, I make lunch or dinner or make his next class,” he added. “It is exhausting. I keep telling myself this will end, once we get a vaccine, it will end.

How to get help

If you’re a caregiver, there are ways to cope with and relieve stress, according to experts.

  • Stay active while practicing physical distancing. Exercise is a proven stress reducer.
  • Focus on getting a good night’s sleep. No one can stay calm when they are sleep deprived.
  • Try to maintain a regular routine.
  • Set a set time to get up, eat, exercise, and sleep.
  • Make to-do, errands, and chores lists and assign them to members of your household.
  • If you don’t have someone at home to help you, contact a friend.
  • Find support groups and resources in your community, or attend an event online.

And remember, there are caregivers around you who need your help or could offer support or advice.

“There are caregivers everywhere and they don’t look like you would expect,” Drane said. “They need peers to recognize their challenges, and they will recognize theirs. Connecting around a shared reality is a relief. Let that be your good point.