Benidorm commemorates the World Mental Health Day

Users and families demand more resources in prevention, more psychologists in Primary Health Care Centres and more supervised flats
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Benidorm commemorates the World Mental Health Day.
Benidorm commemorates the World Mental Health Day.

Benidorm has joined one more year in the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day, in which users of Mental Health services, their families and representatives of the municipal Corporation have participated, led by the mayor, Toni Pérez, and the councilor of Social Welfare, Ángela Llorca. After a floral pyrotechnics at Plaza de SSMM Reyes de España organized by the Association of relatives of / and mentally ill people of the Marina Baixa (AFEM), Pedro Gurillo, psychiatrist of the regional hospital has proceeded to read a manifesto with which this Collective claims more resources for "prevention", "respectful recovery models", "more psychologists in Primary Health Care" and "more supervised flats".

Gurillo recalled that, as the United Nations Human Rights Council maintains, "there is no health without mental health," and remarked that "in 2030, mental health problems will be the number one cause of disability." In the manifesto, he also pointed out that the Covid-19 pandemic will bring consequences that "will directly affect the mental health of the population to a greater or lesser extent", and hence the importance of reinforcing the resources for prevention and detection of pathologies from Primary Health Care.

After reading the manifesto, users and families have enjoyed a music and magic show in the Assembly Hall, adapted to health security protocols.