July 24, 2024

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Every eighth person, including teenagers, faces psychological problems


According to experts speaking at the 2nd Wellbeing conference, the journey from mental illness to well-being is a long one, and socioeconomic status has a significant impact.

One in eight people, including a large number of teenagers, faces a mental health problem both in Greece and abroad. Mental health is a universal human right. Everyone has the right to the greatest possible protection from risk, accessible mental health care, independence and participation in society.

Nevertheless, in society, all those who have a “psychiatric diagnosis” are stigmatized (ordinary people are “branded with shame” and called “psychiatrists”). Thus, carefully hiding his problems, a person does not turn to doctors, fearing public censure, and therefore does not receive timely, decent help.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health decided to immediately introduce legislation that seeks to significantly reform the structure and operation of mental health services in the public and private sectors in terms of the approach and treatment of persons suffering from mental illness (and addictions). The upcoming reform will also be related to volunteering. This was, in particular, mentioned by Deputy Minister of Health Dimitris Vartzopoulos at the 2nd Wellbeing conference, held on October 10 at Zappeio Megaro on the occasion of World Mental Health Day.



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