12/10/2021 | Writer: Selma Koçak

The associations, which are expert on mental health, put a joint declaration out on October 10, World Mental Health Day: “The results shows that discussing inequality at mental health field is an urgent necessity. The responsibility falls upon all of us while discussing the inequality.”

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The associations, which are experts on mental health, put a joint declaration out on October 10, World Mental Health Day.

In the declaration, signed by Bipolar Life Association, Lithium Association, Association of Psychiatric Nursing, Association of Social Service Experts, Federation of Schizophrenia Associations, Turkish Neuropsychiatric Society, Turkish Psychologists Association, Turkish Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatric Association of Turkey, the statements about inequality on the grounds of the theme “mental health in an unequal world” which was determined by the World Federation for Mental Health, took place.

It was underlined that the mental burden of especially the LGBTI+s, old persons, children, women, the poor, people who suffer from chronic illness, prisoners, immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers and the ones who experienced bereavement in all areas, increased during the pandemic period.

It was pointed out that the LGBTQ+s, who are considered as one of the disadvantaged groups in terms of access to shelter, social service and healthcare, portrayed as target of the hate speech during the pandemic period and as a result of this, more social isolation, more poverty and more mental burdens occurred.

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