Spain Opens ‘Crying Room’ in Attempt to Dispel Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

Data released by Spain’s government shows that more than 3,600 individuals died by suicide in the country in 2019. This makes suicide the second most common cause of death, the first being natural causes. To help ease the shame around seeking help for mental health issues, a space known as La Lloreria, or the Crying Room, uses signs that tells visitors that it’s okay to seek help when one is dealing with mental health challenges.

In addition to the signs, the room features a corner that has phones and a list of individuals, including psychologists, that visitors can call if they’re feeling down. Jon Nelsson, a Swedish student living in Madrid, stated that the building was a great way to visualize mental health issues. Nelsson added that there was a particular stigma that surrounded expressing sadness and crying, not only in Spain but also in other countries.

The data released by the government also shows that roughly 5.8% of the country’s total population suffers from anxiety. Additionally, one in ten adolescents in the country has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

On Oct. 10, 2021, World Mental Health Day, Spain prime minister Pedro Sanchez launched a $115 million mental health-care drive. The drive includes various services, including a suicide help line that can be accessed at any time of the day or night. In his announcement, the prime minister stated that mental health was a public health issue that the country needed to make visible and address.

With regard to global statistics, mental health conditions are still among the leading causes of nonfatal disease burden in many countries, including India. Data released by News18 shows that in 2017, one in seven individuals were impacted by mental health disorders of different severities in India. The overall contribution of mental health conditions to the aggregate illness burden has almost doubled in the country since 1990.

The trends of these conditions have also been changing even as the country battles the increasing burden of mental illness and the number of trained mental professionals offering support services strains to meet this surge in demand. Results from the National Survey of Mental Health Resources show that in 2002, only 3,800 psychiatrists existed in the country, which is significantly less than the required number of 11,500.

Figures from the National Crime Records Bureau in India also shows that in 2019, about 139,100 suicides were recorded. This number marks a 3.4% increase when compared to data from the previous year.

A similar picture of mental health exists in the United States, and experts warn that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. The silver lining to this dark cloud is that many companies, including Mind Cure Health Inc. (CSE: MCUR) (OTCQX: MCURF), are at various stages in the process of developing novel pharmaceuticals from psychedelics aimed at addressing the escalating mental health crisis.

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