Health March 27, 2024 | 8:34 am

Psychiatrist’s warning: rising tendency towards suicide

Santo Domingo.- Over the years, Dominican youth have encountered various challenges, but one silent yet pervasive issue looming like an invisible shadow is the accessibility to mental health care and emotional well-being.

This concern was raised by Francis Báez, the individual responsible for mental health services at the National Health Service, attributing the surge in such cases to the widespread use of digital platforms. Báez clarified that while this issue has always existed, the utilization of social networks amplifies its reach.

Báez highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, marking a significant shift in mental health dynamics in the country, particularly among individuals aged 15 to 35.

These remarks were made by the psychiatry specialist during an interview with Martina Espinal on the program “Al punto vespertino,” hosted by journalists Tomás Aquino Méndez and Ramón García on channels 31 and 33 of Claro, Altice, and Aster.

What Can Be Done?

The psychiatrist urged the public to recognize that mental health issues are illnesses, emphasizing the importance of seeking prompt assistance.

Furthermore, she stressed the necessity for Dominicans to educate themselves about mental health to avert potential tragedies.

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March 29, 2024 4:05 pm

Interesting considering that a recent international report by the Global Mind Project placed the DR in the number one spot for best mental well-being worldwide. That being said, I don’t disagree that a stronger emphasis should be placed on raising mental health education.