When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in the country, millions of Peruvians suffered the effects not only on their physical health, but also on their Health mental. Between 2020 and 2021, the National Institute of Mental Health (INSM) recorded a 12.07% increase in attention and the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has put in place a new mental health plan, proving that it has become a priority on the national agenda during these two years of pandemic. As part of world health daypsychologist Dayana Chávez explains the details of this phenomenon.
During the pandemic, we are spending more time in confinement with ourselves. “We didn’t know how to handle conflict. That’s why when sudden changes happened, it affected us a lot. There we realized that the Mental Health it was important”, says the specialist. Since then, concern has grown over how to deal with these drastic changes which, overnight, have totally transformed the way of life of millions of Peruvians.
The importance of talking about mental health
work in the Mental Health it’s as important as talking about it. The shift to virtuality has provided insight into Mental Health reach more peoplesince many of them have started to learn about the subject thanks to the content that psychologists and specialists in Mental Health shared on their social networks. As in the case of psychologist Dayana Chávez, who claims that her content on Mental Health they had a greater reach on platforms such as TikTok or Instagram, which made it easier for them to connect with more people in need of psychological counseling.
But not everything is centered on the individual work of specialists in Mental Health, but also in governmental and autonomous institutions. To date, the mine has 208 centers Mental Health community distributed in different regions of the country. Besides, enabled line 113 to provide psychological advice by telephone. Furthermore, it should be noted that if the State has already set to work in this sector of HealthThere is still a lot to do.
The impact of the pandemic on mental health
According to psychologist Dayana Chávez, the main ailments and mental disorders that manifested themselves were stress, anxiety and depression. Minsa studies revealed that 52.2% of the population of the Lima metropolis suffer from moderate to severe stress, 28.5% suffered from a depressive disorder and that 7 out of 10 Peruvians claim to have suffered from some type anxiety during the pandemic.
Given the constant preoccupation with all that was going on socially and personally, many developed these conditions which came to unbalance their mental and emotional stability. Even, according to the specialist, “before the pandemic there were already people who had problems”so when it all broke loose they became visible or reached worrying levels.
Among the main causes is the mourning for human loss. Many people have been unable to properly process or assimilate the loss of a loved one to Covid-19, either because of its suddenness or because of the difficulty in performing their farewell rituals. . Also, there are the economic crisis and labor crisis, because millions of Peruvians have lost their jobs and, consequently, the economic support of their families. Also, there is the go from face-to-face to virtual Well, for many it was shocking and discouraging to face difficulties in studying, working or even communicating with others virtually.
Due to the importance that the Mental Health during the pandemic, many taboos on Mental Health they broke, but there were also others to overcome. According to the specialist, these are based on irrational thoughts and beliefs inherited from generations which, in the long run, become the main causes of the appearance of disorders affecting Mental Health. For example, so far in the pandemic, many parents have had to face the reality that their children were not just “spoiled” or “weak,” but were showing signs of mental illness.
Benefits of going to therapy
“Seeking psychological help does not make you weak. You just need professional help.”affirms the specialist, because, just like when we go to the doctor for a physical ailment that we cannot solve alone, we must also do it when it comes to Mental Health.
“Getting to know yourself and taking good care of yourself”, it all starts from there, because one of the main benefits of going to therapy is that you will be able to improve your personal well-being and strengthen your emotional intelligence. Moreover, it will improve your relationship with others, because although you are the main agent of change, the way you relate to others has an impact on your own well-being. “The therapy will allow us to change our outlook or our philosophy of life to realize that we can find solutions to problems and learn to manage them”he adds.
Working on mental health and improving emotional intelligence makes us more resilient. According to the specialist, the WHO Resilience is defined as “the ability to overcome problems”. Whatever happens, we will have the ability to overcome, learn and live with a more positive attitude in the face of this uncertain time of the pandemic.
According to the WHO, the problems of Mental Health could be the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2030. Therefore, keep it Mental Health priority is essential. For this reason, one of the practices that the specialist expects to see projected is the investment in the Mental Health. Whether it’s money or time, gambling and making it a big part of our lives should be a long-term priority. “We are our best project, so let’s prioritize and take care to give the place it deserves to the Mental Health”it is said.