Health, Psychologists’ Association: “Strengthen the public network by involving the school”

“We must definitely strengthen the public network of services and implement a serious program for the prevention of mental disorders involving the school world. We have a mental health network and psychiatric services for the most serious disorders, but not a proximity network for discomfort, as there is the private person for, and not everyone can expect it. The psychologist bonus has a cultural value that provides a smart answer because the citizen goes to the platform and logs in. The limit is 10 million euros: a decrease in relation to needs. Thus, the 38 million fund to strengthen public services. Italy has the lowest proportion of psychotherapeutic agents in public services “compared to Western countries. Thus, David Lazzari, chairman of the National Council of the Order of Psychologists (Cnop), intervened. at the lecture ‘Covid, war, economic crisis … what solutions to infodemic anxiety?’, eighth webinar promoted and organized by Allies for Health, the portal dedicated to information in medical science supported by Novartis.

The meeting – moderated by Federico Luperi, Director of Innovation and New Media at Adnkronos – was also attended by Claudio Mencacci, psychiatrist, co-president of the Italian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology and Daniele Francescon, co-founder of Serenis, a digital platform active in psychological support. During the debate – broadcast live on Adnkronos’ social channels and available on the aleatiperlasalute.it portal – the experts addressed the issue of the effects on mental health, the constant state of insecurity we are experiencing and, due to the recent two-year pandemic, to which was added the war in Ukraine with consequent economic, energy and social problems.

“There is a huge gap between the needs documented and reinforced by the pandemic and the social dynamics, and what is the network of public services able to provide structured answers, also in terms of interception of mental disorders in the initial phase, which, if they are intercepted, could prevent the long wave of discomfort that grows from becoming more serious over time, “Lazzari emphasizes.” We are in a phase where it is not only necessary to strengthen what was there – “continues the psychologist – we need a new strategy. We need a social policy that promotes mental well-being undermined by various structural and emergency situations, as we are constantly in a kind of emergency because we go from one to the other”.

Regarding the need to develop tools to address the development of modern society, “Lazzari recalls in 1994 – the World Health Organization and Unicef ​​(United Nations Children’s Fund, ed.) Asked countries to use the school’s psychology service to teach light skills, that is, creating cognitive-relational skills to meet a more dynamic and complex world.This has not been done in Italy.Today we realize that young people have ideas but not the skills that are fundamental to to face the reality of the present, with confusing situations. ”Thus, the discomfort becomes“ an obvious pathology, but more often an adaptation to life, a renunciation of creating a future for oneself. A loss of human capital “.

Before the pandemic, the problem was already in global attention. “Discomfort and psychiatric disorders have increased in the last 20 years – the psychologist continues” in early 2020, the World Economic Forum had “launched” the emergency, which says that there is no sustainability if the mental health problem is not solved. But it can not be solved with a downstream reaction, with a psychological intervention “when necessary.” We also need an effort “upstream with the promotion of large-scale resilience and in school. Psychopandemic – concludes Lazzari – is a concept that says to strengthen care services, but also to implement preventive measures ”.

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