Mental health

Depression is the third leading cause of morbidity and disability among adolescents and suicide is the third leading cause of death among older adolescents between 15 and 19 years of age. The violence, the pobprays, humiliation and the feeling of deAppreciation can increase your risk of mental health problems.

Encouraging the development of life skills in children and adolescents and offering them psychosocial support in school and other community settings are steps that can help promote their mental health. Programs that provide support to strengthen ties between adolescents and their families also play an important role. If problems arise, they must be detected and managed by competent and empathetic healthcare workers.

What should you know about Depression?

  • Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed, as well as the inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
  • In addition, people with depression often have several of the following symptoms: loss of energy; changes in appetite; need to sleep more or less than normal; anxiety; decreased concentration; indecision; restlessness; feeling worthless, guilty or hopeless; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
  • Much can be done to prevent and treat depression

What can you do if you are discouraged or think you may be depressed?

  • Talk about your feelings with someone you trust.
  • Seek professional help. Talking to a local healthcare professional or your GP is a good starting point.
  • Don't isolate yourself. Stay in touch with family and friends.
  • Get regular exercise, even if it's a short walk.
  • Maintain regular eating and sleeping habits.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol intake and refrain from illicit drugs, as these products can make depression worse.
  • Keep doing the things you've always loved, even when you don't feel like it.
  • Become aware of your persistent negative and self-critical thoughts and try to replace them with positive thoughts. Congratulate yourself on your accomplishments.

Remember, there are many things you can do to stay mentally strong. If you think you may be falling into a depression, talk to someone you trust or seek professional help. WHO campaign

Can mental illnesses be cured?

People with a mental illness can be cured or recovered with proper treatment. However, many people continue to suffer from mental illness and do not seek treatment because of the stigma attached to this type of illness. Stigma has its social origin in remote times, and therefore its overcoming is slow and continues to influence to a greater or lesser extent in all social spheres: family, neighborhood, work, the media and also in the health and professional spheres of the mental health.

At Comfenalco EPS we currently provide you with mental health care with our new provider, Opportunity for Life, if you have any of these symptoms, go to your IPS doctor to be able to give you guidance and referral.

Tips and Care

Family, social life and feelings management

Involving the family in care is aimed at sharing tasks and responsibilities, reorganizing family and social life. It is necessary to have the help of other people, even if it does not come spontaneously from them to offer it. For this reason, sometimes anger, hostility, silence appear ... uncomfortable situations and negative feelings that do not help with care. It is important to identify and combat these feelings to find ourselves in a better mood when carrying out care.

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