Cry Out Loud: Spain’s Crying Room ready to break mental health stigma

Discussions and discussions about mental health have only recently gained momentum. For eons it has been overlooked or stigmatized for creating a more “supposedly” strong and self-sufficient society. While physical conditions and problems are visible and can be diagnosed effectively, mental health problems are often put aside because they are barely noticeable with the naked eye.

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Taking the initiative to break stereotypes and taboos about mental health, a building in the Spanish capital Madrid has set up a “crying room”, a safe space where people can let their guard down, cry, ask for help. help and more. The project aims to break down the social stigma surrounding mental health and help people understand that it is “okay” to ask for help.

La Lloreria or the room of tears: what and where is it?

Located in central Madrid, Spain, La Lloreria or the Hall of Tears has signs that say “Come in and cry” or “I have anxiety too.” These two signs normalize the idea of ​​crying and to manage anxiety. There is a feeling of solidarity, a feeling of inclusion. You have the impression that you are not alone in this battle against mental health problems.

On one side of the room, there are phones with a list of people that visitors can call if they want to “talk” or “express” what they are feeling.

Since the stigma associated with crying, expressing sadness, and mental health issues has been around for a long time, this unique concept and creative idea to set up a safe room for anyone facing a problem or problem. problem in life is very encouraging and revolutionary to some extent.

What is the objective behind this initiative?

According to government data, 3,671 people committed suicide in 2019 alone, and 5.8% of the country’s total population suffer from anxiety. In addition, one in ten adolescents has been diagnosed with a mental health problem.

This year, on World Mental Health Day, which falls on October 10, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a € 100 million or $ 116 million mental health care campaign, which would include a 24 hour suicide helpline. “This is not a taboo, it is a public health issue that we need to talk about, make visible and act accordingly,” the prime minister said.

But the stigma around mental health is not just a Spanish problem, but rather a global crisis. In India itself, one in 20 Indians suffers from depression, according to a WHO report. The World Health Organization says India tops the list of countries most affected by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, with around 38 million people suffering from anxiety disorders.

Why we need to spark conversations around mental health

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, discussions and conversations about mental health have become more common. However, there is never a good or bad time to talk about our mental health. It is something that is constantly there and until we strive to normalize conversations about it, to make it better known, people will always be reluctant to express, share their grief, and might become more prone to d ‘other complications.

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