De izda. a drcha.: Mercedes Navío Acosta, Íñigo Alfonso y Celso Arango
Mercedes Navío Acosta
Celso Arango
Celso Arango
De izda. a drcha.: Íñigo Alfonso y Celso Arango
Mercedes Navío Acosta
De izda. a drcha.: Mercedes Navío Acosta y Íñigo Alfonso
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Mental health is an essential component of a holistic concept of health. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO): “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Good mental health is needed so that individuals develop their individual capacities, and satisfactorily relate to their social environment. Although there are genetic or metabolic factors that make an individual more susceptible to mental disorders, external factors, such as the socio-economic and health crises, are also triggers or aggravating factors of mental pathologies.

Illnesses such as depression, autism, dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, among many others, affect a wide sector of the Spanish population. In recent years, suicide has surpassed traffic accidents in Spain as a cause of unnatural death. However, and despite its importance, mental health is one of the areas in most need of attention in the world’s public health systems according to the WHO. In Spain, mental health services are run by the Autonomous Communities.

Is a national strategy about mental health required? Are multi-disciplinary approaches required? What can be done in regard to prevention and early detection? Are specific initiatives needed to treat mental disorders in children and adolescents? And what consequences do socio-economic or health crises have on mental health? Celso Arango, Director of the Instituto de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental at the Hospital Gregorio Marañón and President of the Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría, and Mercedes Navío Acosta, Coordinator of the Oficina de Salud Mental in the Comunidad de Madrid, will respond to some of these question and to others.

A debate format in which, once a month, on a Monday at 6:30 pm, leading experts analyse important issues that make up today’s social reality with the journalists Antonio San José and Íñigo Alfonso.

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Two specialists analyse important issues from the current social and cultural context, in conversation with the journalists Antonio San José and Íñigo Alfonso
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