It is estimated that depression can happen at any stage of our lives and that it is a cross-sectional disease, despite the existence of some risk factors, says Renata Benavente. “The sooner it is detected, the more effective the person will be better off.”
According to David Neto, there are two ways to help someone who is suffering from depression: facilitating referral to professional help, and friends and family can help combat this stigma and, at the same time, be present for the sick person and have a constructive attitude that contradicts the self-criticism of those who are depressed.
It’s important, he says, not to reinforce stigmas or to incur the mistake of saying things like “Oh, that passes,” since these are invalid ideas, and not make judgments like opine “You have everything to be happy.” “If depression had to do with quality of life, safety and not starving, no one in Europe could be depressed,” he says.
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According to the information released by the OPP, at the request of the Observer, depression is “the third most frequent health problem in primary health care consultations, corresponding to 7.6% of the total number of patients treated. Portugal is also one of the countries where depression is most severe and where the time interval between the onset of symptoms and the onset of treatment is higher: only 37% of people with major depression had a medical consultation in the first year of the disease.”
Despite the Complaint that there are few psychologists in Primary Health Care — for every 100,000 users there are only about 2.5 psychologists — pandemic times have led to several telephone helplines, including the psychological counselling service within the SNS24 line, among many Other without forgetting the SOS Friendly Voice, the oldest suicide prevention hotline in Portugal.
David Neto also recalls that there are several successful cases of men who talk openly about mental difficulties and gives as an example Horta Osório, the CEO of the British bank Lloyds, who in May 2018 wrote an article in The Guardian to highlight the human and economic consequences of mental illness — a problem that he himself Faced when he started running the bank in question —with the Title “It’s time to end the taboo around mental health in the workplace.” And in life too.