Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin attended the World Mental Health Day celebration and acknowledged that the Covit-19 epidemic is of great concern to him, which is one of the most common mental disorders in the world.
“Like any parent, infection has worried me.”In a video posted on his Twitter account, Martin begins as part of a UNICEF campaign on the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and young people, about your feelings about how it will last a long time and how to talk about it.
Martin admitted he just felt it “I am worried about how my own children are, the health of my family and how we are going to cope with this situation.”
Fortunately, Lucia Martin-Joseph’s father, Ren and twins Matteo and Valentino say: “I can protect my children from most of my worries, but for many families it’s not.”.
“Many children suffer because their mothers and fathers are wondering how they will live another day. To do the best for the children, we need to improve the mental health of the parents. When we support mothers, fathers and caregivers, we support children and young people.”, Martin insists.
The campaign “What’s on your mind?” Explains how parents can start a conversation about mental health based on their children’s age.
Mental illness affects about 16 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean and stops the region’s economies from receiving more than $ 30,000 million a year by “blocking” work, UNICEF warned last week.
About 15% of adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 in Latin America and the Caribbean are diagnosed with a mental illness that affects about 16 million young people, making it the region with the highest rates in the world.
“Globally, this percentage is 13%, in our region it is 15%, slightly higher than average” Around the world, he is a regional expert in adolescence and has been diagnosed with HIV from UNICEF for Latin America and the Caribbean, Alejandro Trosero.
Maintains the Caribbean “Slightly higher average, 15% to 18%” As for other countries in the region, most of them do not report or register these types of mental health problems among young people.
This data was collected in 2019 – before the epidemic – and every day more than a dozen teenagers in the region commit suicide.
Among the “widespread” mental disorders that affect young people in the region, the most common are anxiety and depression – which contribute to half of the mental health problems and often affect girls – along with behavior, diet and autism, Trosero said.
“We need to think about the living conditions we live in, with more urbanization, increased poverty, and more human migration.” Added.
The expert did not rule out the presence of Govit-19 infection “Deep” These issues, however “The consequences will be seen in the future.”
We conducted a survey last year on how young people felt during epidemics. 27% of young people over 8,000 suffer from some form of anxiety or depression due to Govt-19., He described.