“We live in a society that has access to more information than ever before, but it is not always the most appropriate”

“We live in a society that has access to more information than ever before, but it is not always the most appropriate”
“We live in a society that has access to more information than ever before, but it is not always the most appropriate”

“We live in a society that has access to more information than ever before, but it is not always the most appropriate”EP

“We live in a society that You have access to more information than ever beforebut not all of this information is the most appropriate. It is true that we talk more about mental health than ever, and that there are public figures who are helping in this work by talking about their own experiences. But there is also a certain amount of trivialization regarding this topic on social media, and it is not always addressed in the most appropriate way. We still receive news in which mental illness is associated with violenceon social networks the young population has access to information and content that can lead to significant mental health problems, There is information on the Internet that, far from raising awareness, generates more stigma and exclusion… I don’t want to be pessimistic, but my feeling is that there is still a lot to do.”

International days aim to raise awareness among the population and give visibility to the difficulties faced by people suffering from this disease.

With these words Vanesa Vadillo, manager of Asaphesthe Alava association of relatives and people with mental disabilities, explains the importance of all diseases having their own international day marked on the calendar every year.

“International days seek to raise awareness among the population and give visibility to the difficulties they encounter people who suffer from this illness. The fact that it is being held on the same day internationally/worldwide implies that there is a global commitment to raise awareness about this illness and join forces to support it,” he explains. “In the case of mental illness, this day is about raising awareness and “Promote measures that promote and protect the mental health of all as a universal human right”Add.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is the October 10, is an initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) and is celebrated in more than 100 countries. It is the WFMH that sets a theme on mental health, in the form of a motto, together with some content on this topic. “In Asafes, specifically, we organize the solidarity walk that we celebrate between September and October (depending on the availability of public space). We can say that it is our main dish and in which we put all our effort. It is an opportunity for people who are somehow related to the association to join and support us in the fight to improve the rights of people with mental illness. On the other hand, by occupying a public space and offering activities to the general population, we reach people who do not know us, and we provide information about the association and mental illness itself, and most importantly, we seek to break the stigma that continues to haunt this disease.”

It is an opportunity for people who are somehow connected to the association to join and support us in the fight to improve the rights of people with mental illness.

“We also invite political representatives to join us in the commitment and struggle to improve the quality of life of people suffering from the disease and in the prevention and promotion of mental health. This supports us in some way at a public level and brings us closer to the media, which consequently echo the action and therefore our demands. In addition, on the same day On October 10, the 4 associations that belong to the Basque Federation joined together (Mental Health Euskadi FEDEAFES) in an institutional and protest event, and then we celebrate the day together. Throughout the week, activities are carried out in the different locations with users and their families, talks aimed at citizens, dissemination on social networks, lighting up public buildings… every year we try to offer different activities,” explains Vanesa Vadillo. “There are still mental illnesses that continue to live with the stigma and many of the people who suffer from them continue to see their rights violated.”

“Throughout the week, activities are carried out at the different locations with users and their families”

“We all have a case of cancer close to us”

Against Cancer in Álava we have some dates marked on the calendar such as: World Cancer DayWorld Day Against Colon Cancer, Day Against Skin Cancer, among others. These days we go out on the streets to inform and raise awareness, to remember how important prevention, screening and research are. And we are convinced that all of this is necessary so that it gradually permeates society.”

“Communication plays a fundamental role in these three areas and having an international day gives it a dimension that is addressed by the media, facilitating the arrival of very valuable information to society.”

The association assures that it is important to continue making this disease visible.Because it helps to make visible both the disease and the patients and their families, in addition to socializing and promoting research into different diseases.. Communication plays a fundamental role in these three vertices and having an international day gives it a dimension that the media addresses, facilitating the arrival of very valuable information to society. In our case, on each international day, it allows us to transmit to society, in addition to data, recommendations related to the prevention of the disease.” “Regarding the cancer we believe there is sensitivity because we all have a close case. Citizens know that when a person has cancer, they go through a long process that has implications from a health perspective, but also at an emotional, work-related and economic level.”

“Research is key to improving the quality of life of cancer patients.”

“The investigation It is key to improving the quality of life of cancer patients and to continue increasing survival.. The Spanish Association Against Cancer is increasing its funding for research projects, with the aim of exceeding 70% cancer survival by 2030. Thus, in 2023, an investment of 29.4 million euros has been allocated to research, reaching a total of 114 million euros invested in the 603 grants currently under development.”

“Research has helped reduce breast cancer mortality”

“There are many campaigns to fight breast cancer, brands that make it visible and raise funds to fight it. These same early detection campaigns, information from the media, communication and the visibility of hundreds of “Women have been very effective in the fight against the disease. Not only in October, but throughout the year we want to praise this awareness initiative and review both the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead, achieving greater awareness about the impact of this disease on women, as well as on their respective families, communities and societies,” explains Marisol Diaz de Cerio, president of the Alava association of women with breast cancer, Asamma. “Thanks to breast cancer researchprevention and early detection, mortality from this disease has decreased significantly; in recent years, the average 5-year survival rate for breast cancer has increased to 85%.”

“Thanks to breast cancer research, prevention and early detection, mortality from this disease has decreased.”

Asebier

On the other hand, from the Basque Country Association for Rare Diseases Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus-Asebier also agrees with this assessment. joint effort of the various Alava and Basque associations explaining that “visibility serves to educate the public and generate support.”

“Research is helping on several fronts.”

“Al Raising awareness of its existence and impact can reduce the associated stigma. Thanks to access to information, the Internet and the media, there is greater understanding and support and significant progress. Research is never enough, it must be continuous and increasing to address persistent and emerging challenges. There is always a need for more funding and resources,” they explain and add: “Research is helping on several fronts: developing new treatments and drugs, improving diagnostic techniques, better understanding the causes and mechanisms of diseases, and creating more effective prevention strategies. It helps and advances towards personalised healthcare to achieve better patient outcomes..

“World days promote research, help to obtain funding, support for public policies and political action to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure if possible.”

“Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people and move toward a world where hope and scientific advances guide the way to appropriate care, resources and necessary treatments”. “World days promote research, They help to obtain funding, public policy support and political action to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure if possible,” they conclude.

 
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