World Mental Health Day in Peru: How to recognize if my well-being is at risk

How do I take care of my mental health? Photo: Andean

The mental health This is one of the most important issues for the people, as it has also become one of the challenges that the authorities must work on in the country without being forgotten. Many people fight for their well-being every day, but some do so silently. According to data from Ministry of Health of Peru (Minsa)total 4 million 140 thousand 802 mental health appointments up to one million 16 thousand 811 patients, from January to August 2022.

In recent years, little or nothing has been said about the value of mental health. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation has become more visible for people who suffer from a psychiatric disorder or diagnosis. Therefore within the World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10, it is considered valuable to prevent and identify whether our mental health is at risk.

given that, Infobae talked to the clinical psychologist, Diana Chavez Lorente, who supported the importance and gave some recommendations so that Peruvians can take care of their mental health. He also pointed out that there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Mental health has seen little change or progress since the pandemic. There we realized how important it is to live with our families and spend time with ourselves. Each of them was focused on work, studies, their partner, among other things. We’ve never had time to stop and be aware of our mental health, unlike what I’ve seen now, although there’s still a lot to be done,” he said.

Mental health is another of the challenges facing the state.  Photo: Andean
Mental health is another of the challenges facing the state. Photo: Andean

It is important to know the value of being good to yourself and to identify in time if you need specialized help. Mental health is essential to different areas of your life.

“If we don’t have mental health, we won’t be able to be good in our lives. Prosperity comes from within, from the person himself. This will affect other areas of our lives. (…) We cannot be good with others if we are not good with ourselves”, he pointed out.

Similarly, the specialist explained that we can identify that our mental health is in danger when you don’t feel well with himself when you reject or criticize often, you have not good relationship in general, by the way. These are signs that should alert you to go to a specialist, because something is happening and you can “saving myself”

Mental health in Peru: Minsa has provided more than 4 million services so far this year
Mental health in Peru: Minsa has provided more than 4 million services so far this year

According to the psychologist’s recommendations Chavez Laurent, mentioned three aspects that will be up to you to take care of: “When a friend or family member comes and tells us something, we try to encourage and support them in a certain way. However, when the problem is ours, we are tougher; so let’s be like our best friends to talk to each other and treat each other well. It may not turn out the way you want because of an external factor that is not up to me but something that is out of my hands. Because of this, many times we end up feeling bad about ourselves.”

A good relationship with yourself: be our best friends and love each other more.

Interpersonal relationships: Have healthy relationships with other people. This does not mean that as our family we should accept violence.

Keep in mind: every experience is learning, even if the results are not positive. ““Your life speaks and you speak, but until he yells at you’; i.e. why let life yell at me if it already speaks to me this way and I can learn this way”, he elaborated.

Likewise, he called for seeking help when one needs it or is overthinking it, because later the situation can be more difficult until reaching suicide. It should be noted that physical, mental and emotional health are important to overall self-care, so neglecting them can hurt you.

World Mental Health Day (Andy).
World Mental Health Day (Andy).

Within this day in Peru, on Ministry of Health, through Hospital Hermilio Valdizán, a fair and parade will be held. This mobilization aims to create awareness and sensitize the population, where the music group of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima will be responsible for the accompaniment. The event will take place on October 10 from 2:00 p.m. on Plaza San Agustin in the center of Lima.

In this sense, they will also give free psychological care, screening for depression, to be able to participate in weaving workshops among other recreational activities for the general public. Similarly, some groups joined this initiative: TLP Mujeres Perú and Sentido. Also, the Kuyanakusun Community Mental Health Center, the Mutually Mental Health Clinic, among others.


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