PM by Dirk Heidenblut: Together instead of lonely: Seelisch healthy living together 2

PM by Dirk Heidenblut: Together instead of lonely: Seelisch healthy living together

To eat. on Thursday, October 10th, he finds International Mental Health Day instead of that. Mental illness is one of the most common diseases in Europe and is still a social taboo topic. With the Mental Health Week October 10-20, the Seelische Gesundheit Overall Action Alliance wants to draw attention to, inform and advise on this disease.

"Mental illness has long been socially prohibited. Fortunately, we are much further along today, but unfortunately it's still a taboo subject," explains Dirk Heidenblut, a member of the Bundestag and a psychiatrist and psychotherapy reporter.

In Germany, about eight million people live with a mental illness, such as depression. Many of them need treatment at least once in their lives, but often they are not treated.

Patients with mental illness often suffer from stigmatization and lack of acceptance of their illness. Therefore, it is rare for patients to stay away from professional treatments. Ongoing and professional public relations should break down prejudices and stigmas and make it easier for affected people to cope with their illnesses. The Mental Health Action Alliance has been involved in this work for over 10 years.

“The Mental Health Alliance is a strong partner in the education and destigmatization of mental illness. Their work contributes significantly to improving the situation, ”said health politician Dirk Heidenblut.

There are approximately 800 mental health events throughout the country. The LVR Clinic in Essen is calling for an Open Day on October 10, 2019. The affected and their relatives can participate in lectures and workshops on depression.

Further information can be found at: www.klinikum-essen.lvr.de.

Dirk Heidenblut has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013 and a member of the Committee on Health and the Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection in the SPD parliamentary group. As a directly elected representative, he represents Essen in the north and east (constituency 119 – Essen II) in Berlin.

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