Milan psychiatrists organize demonstration for depressed
Tram with actors and musicians provides stage for facing blues09 October, 18:57
The psychiatrists are calling their initiative "Attaccati al Tram!" which in Milanese dialect means "Deal with it!" In this case the phrase is meant as an invitation to the depressed to open themselves up and share their suffering - getting on a tram that leaves at 14:30 local time from Piazzale Segesta and arrives in Piazza Novembre at 17:30.
Actors and musicians will take part in the awareness demonstration.
"Depression unfortunately is seen as a fault not not be confessed and is experienced with embarrassment and shame," said Claudio Mencacci, director of the psychiatric department of Fatebenefratelli hospital and president of the congress of the Italian Society of Psychiatrists currently meeting in Milan. "In truth, it is an illness like any other and needs to be treated".