Post-Covid mental health issues lead PAHO to form group – 05/07/2022 – Equilíbrio e Saúde

The Pan American Health Association (PAHO), the World Health Organization for America, announced on Friday (6th) senior officials to help respond. regional mental health solutions, exacerbated by the widespread Covid-19 spread.

“In the face of current mental health problems, the Pan American Health Organization has established the Health and Safety Committee and Covid-19 to provide important and urgent information to its members,” PAHO The Director Carissa Etienne said, through a video conference.

The group, led by Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President of Costa Rica, and co-sponsored by Néstor Méndez, Assistant Secretary General of the United States (OAS), should prepare a statement. with recommendations to improve the brain. Health in America, which is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2022.

Etienne said: “We are confident that the role of the Board will contribute to the health of the highest levels of government, and to the strengthening of access to effective programs and services. and long lasting, ”Etienne said.

According to PAHO data, the new coronavirus, reported in early 2020, has a significant impact on the health of the population, including those with anxiety, depression and depression. Depressed, especially women, young people and the most at-risk people. .

In addition to the problems caused by fear, unemployment, unemployment, isolation and inaccurate information, there is a long-term psychological awareness and mental illness of people. which was suffered by Covid-19.

And it comes as the main mental health services, having not been funded for a long time, are one of the hardest hit by the disruption of health through transmission.

Anselm Hennis, director of epidemiology and psychiatry at PAHO, said: “Mental, mental and drug abuse and suicide account for more than a third of all deaths. all years living with disabilities in the region, “said Anselm Hennis.

But “almost 90% of the American population does not get the treatment they need, especially mental illness,” he added.

Hennis said suicide is still a “major challenge” for the United States, with around 95,000 deaths a year due to suicide, a 17% increase since 2000. The highest suicide rates were in Guyana and Suriname, Uruguay, the United States, Haiti, Canada and Cuba.

The PAHO said the Commission will work in five key areas: recovery from the epidemic and the promotion of mental health is key; the psychological needs of the disabled; integration of mental health into universal health coverage; finance; and mental health support and prevention.

Among the members are experts from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, United States, Guatemala and Mexico.

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