San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This Sunday, Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin joined the celebration of the World Mental Health Day and admitted that the pandemic of mental health had caused him anxiety, one of the most common mental upheavals worldwide.
“Like any priest, the pandemic has caused me anxiety,” says Martin in a video published in his Twitter account, as part of a UNICEF campaign on the impact of covid-19 on the mental health of children, children and young and that could last for a long time and on how to talk about their feelings.
Martin goes on to admit that he has been “concerned about how our own children are, about my family’s health and about how we are going to overcome this situation.”
Therefore, the priest of Lucia Martin-Yosef, Renn and the twins Matteo and Valentino affirms: “I can protect my children from the majority of my concerns, but for many families in this way”.
“Too many children are helping because their mothers and fathers are helping them, wondering how they are going to survive a day more. To make it better for the children, we have to improve the mental health of the parents. We support the children and the young people,” emphasizes Martin.
The campaign “¿Qué pasa por tu mente?” explains how the parents can start the conversation about mental health with their children based on their age.
Mental upheavals affect some 16 million teenagers in Latin America and the Caribbean and the economies of the region want to realize more than 30,000 million dollars a year to “prevent” them from working, warned UNICEF this past week.
Around 15% of teenagers between 10 and 19 years old in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer some diagnosed mental disorder, which supposes about 16 million young people, this region of the world with the highest rates.
“Globally, this percentage is 13%, in other regions of 15%, a little higher than the world average”, detailed by the UNICEF regional expert on Adolescence and HIV for Latin America and the Caribbean, Alejandra Trossero.
The Caribbean maintains “an average a little higher, between 15% and 18%” with respect to the rest of the countries in the region, which in their majority in the country with systems to report and record this type of mental problem between la población young.
These data, collected in 2019 —before the pandemic-— show that every day more than ten teenagers from the region pierced their lives by suicide.
Within the “wide range” of mental upheavals that affect young people in the region, the most common in anxiety and depression —which supposes half of mental health problems and mainly affect children— together with them behavior problems, food and autism, señaló Trossero.
“We must also think about the situation of life in which we are, with greater urbanization, increase in poverty, greater human mobility”, added.
The expert does not rule out that the pandemic of la covid-19 has “deepened” these problems, but “the consequences are to be seen in the future”.
“We started a survey last year by asking young people how they felt during the pandemic. Some 27% of more than 8,000 young people reported having suffered some anxiety due to covid-19”, detailed.