MEDICINE: More mentally ill in the fall 2

MEDICINE: More mentally ill in the fall

According to TelefonSeelsorge, doctors and pharmacists, mental illness in society is understood as a taboo topic. So they ask people to be more open about it. "Let's talk about it" is an initiative by TelefonSeelsorge that wants to draw attention to mental health.

Get mental help

As before, it could be understood socially as a weakness to talk about your own mental illness – let alone use psychic help, according to a telephone consultation from the Chamber of Physicians and Pharmacists. That should change.

More mentally ill in the fall: a woman with a cellphone in hand


With the ability to call, email or talk to TelephoneSeelsorge, people get the opportunity to deal with mental illness anonymously, either personally or in a dating circle.

Retreat from normal life

Wolfgang Ziegler, president of the general practitioner at the Medical Association, says: "On top of that, some restlessness, withdrawal from social fixed dates, such as round cards, choir singing, a gymnastics club or from a circle of friends, may be the first signs of mental illness." Also character changes in feelings Aggressiveness or depressed mood are signs of mental illness, Ziegler said. "It is always important as an outsider to list those affected to acknowledge the illness and seek professional help."

Digitization as a cause

The GP is primarily responsible for digitizing mental illness: forcing you to be online constantly with your smartphone and never turn it off. There simply has to be a time when it says, "I'm not reachable now. Now is my time. And now I'm definitely off," Ziegler said.

An open ear for all concerned

"Although digitization is contributing to the increasing mental progress in people's daily lives, the network of psychological therapy in Upper Austria is already very well developed," says Silvia Breitwieser, Head of TelefonSeelsorge Oberösterreich. TelefonSeelsorge itself wants to be the first place of call for those affected to discuss their problems.

Still mentally ill in the fall: a woman relies on another woman


18,000 to 19,000 inquiries per year

"Sam, when a telephone consultant, a telephone consultant picks up the phone, often hears, 'Do they have time now?' "It is very important to people that there is someone who is trying to fix them, they understand and hear them. Even that helps with the first discharge," Breitwieser said. Each year, between 18,000 and 19,000 inquiries come to a counseling center in Upper Austria.