We Spaniards do not enjoy good mental health. Only the Portuguese are worse than us. And the rest of the world isn’t doing much better. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found in its report that more than 110 million people suffer from some form of mental disorder. Some figures that may actually be too high given the stigma and lack of diagnosis that surround this type of disease. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a 25% increase in cases of anxiety and depression and this could increase. In Europe, a report presented to Parliament in Brussels, and which analyzed 55 indicators in the Community Club and in the United Kingdom, these figures could be affected by factors such as war, climate change and migration in Ukraine.
If we analyze the situation in each European country, Spain is the state with the largest number of people suffering from some kind of mental illness, only behind Portugal and followed by Greece and Ireland. According to the conclusion of the study conducted by think tank The European House-Ambrosetti in collaboration with Angelini Fama, as of 2019, more than 20,000 people per 100,000 inhabitants in Spain are suffering from diseases like depression, autism, anxiety, schizophrenia. Bipolar disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity, intellectual and behavioral disorders.
The European average, including the United Kingdom, is 15,000 cases per 100,000 residents. On the other side of the scale are eastern countries such as the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia that do not reach this figure.
If we look at the public resources used to deal with these disorders – with 0 being the worst grade and 10 being the best – Spain fails with a 4.1. A figure that is lower than only France, which enjoys a rating of 2.1 within the larger economies of the euro area. The Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal know best how to treat this type of disease.
According to the study authors, to measure quality of care, factors such as percentage of hospital discharge, average length of stay in centers or consultations are taken into account. At the lower end of the class are Latvia (2.1), Greece (1.7) and Romania (1).
In terms of money used as a percentage of health spending, Spain is below twenty-seven and the United Kingdom is with 5%, compared to 5.2%. The highest spenders are France (14.5%), Germany (11.3%), Sweden (10%) and the British Isles (9.5%). The report also recalls that in December 2021, Spain announced a 100 million euro plan (the first in 12 years) to improve care for people with mental health problems, and that included self-managed suicide prevention. A telephone line 24 is included. community
This study shows that more than 235,000 deaths a year are due to mental and behavioral problems. Twenty-seven as of 2020 figures and the United Kingdom averages 37.7 per 100,000 residents. Spain exceeds this figure by 45.8, although far away from other countries such as the United Kingdom (85), Germany (71.3) and the Netherlands. (67.3).
Findings from this research indicate that people with serious mental health problems are much more likely to die prematurely than the rest of the population, and community club data show very different results by country. In the European Union, this type of disorder accounts for 4.5% of deaths in women compared to 2.8 in men. In age groups, these types of deaths are more common in people over the age of 65.
For the first time since the initiative was launched in 2017, the Mental Health Index has examined the impact of environmental factors on the development of mental health illnesses. This includes areas such as pollution, hours of sunlight exposure, poverty and poor housing conditions, the consequences of a natural disaster, lack of green spaces, armed conflict or the need to immigrate to another country.
The countries closest to Ukraine will see the mental health of their residents suffer. Regarding the possibility of a new economic recession, the text recalls that during the financial crisis in Spain, primary care professionals were diagnosed with 19.4% of patients with depression, 8.4% with anxiety problems, 7.3% with somatoform disorders, and 4.6%. Because I had to participate. abusive alcohol consumption.
Just yesterday a new Spanish technical resource was presented to help psychologists: the patient goes to his office, puts on his glasses and together can see a creature that represents his emotional state, which is his own heart. Varies according to one’s heartbeat and his breath is what LYNX proposes, a project developed by the ITI Technology Center located in Valencia.