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Preventive policies needed on mental health says Mattarella

Preventive policies needed on mental health says Mattarella

6 of 10 Italians living with mental ills says study on world day

ROME, 10 October 2023, 13:58

Redazione ANSA




Preventive policies are needed on mental health, President Sergio Mattarella said on World Mental Health Day Tuesday.
    "Mental illnesses are pathologies whose risks the sick must be protected from with appropriate treatments," he said in a message to Health Minister Orazio Schillaci.
    "Despite the multiple instruments of safeguard, there are still numerous countries in which persons affected by mental health pathologies are discriminated against or stripped of their dignity, excluded from taking part in social and political life of the communities they live in and from the right to decide about their lives and their necessary treatment.
    "Mental dysfunctions are surrounded by silence produced by prejudice and this only increases the malaise.
    "They are risks that involved a growing number of adolescents and young people, already hard pressed by the crisis of the pandemic and the appearance in Europe of the armed conflicts of the last few years.
    "It is a common responsibility to promote policies of prevention, of swift diagnosis, inclusion and support, supplying youngsters with the tolls to grow in health and lend support to their families.
    "Enjoying good mental health is the condition to freely exercise a person's fundamental rights".
    According to figures released ahead of world mental health day, depression in Italy costs 4% of GDP and on average takes 10 years off people's lives.
    Six Italians out of 10 are living with psychological malaise of one sort of another, studies said.
    The Italian Society of Psychiatry urged VIPs to talk openly about any mental health issues they have in order to combat the stigma still surrounding mental health disorders.


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