Mental illness? The University of Michoacana School of Medicine offers care

Writing/Voice of Michoacan

Morelia, Michoacan. Mental health has become a concern at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH), which is why, through the Faculty of Medical and Biological Sciences Dr. Ignacio Chavez, it provides a space to shake hands with everyone who is going through an emotional crisis that can lead to suicidal thoughts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become an ally of mental illness. The loss of family members, work, property, and forced confinement accelerated the development of these problems, which became the silent enemy of people and caused depression or even injury.

This is why the Mental Health Coordination at Casa de Hidalgo was set up as a permanent mission to accompany and provide the necessary tools to support people who are going through an emotional crisis. In this area, successful interventions are implemented that keep students, their families and classmates safe.

“Universal care is part of the institutional program for the benefit of the community,” highlighting the university authorities, who reiterate that there are worrying studies indicating that more than half of young people studying at a higher level have been in crisis. Worse, in the circumstances caused by the pandemic that has caused drastic changes to the planet.

Even international organizations such as UNICEF have warned that COVID-19 has endangered the well-being of an entire generation, even before the pandemic, with so many children and adolescents bearing the burden of mental illness without support. Specialists warned that mental health was not seen as a priority.

“In Latin America and the Caribbean, it is estimated that 15% of children and adolescents aged 10-19 (about 16 million) have a diagnosed mental disorder. This is higher than the global average of about 13 percent,” Organizations such as UNICEF warn.

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Therefore, the University of Michoacana, with its extensive work in the field of mental health, has developed a policy of priority interest of its students, the closest environment, so that they can be given sufficient attention and avoid catastrophic scenarios. That can affect even more.

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