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Young people, boom in mental illnesses. «We are not talking about generational discomfort, but about pathologies»

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Young people, boom in mental illnesses.  «We are not talking about generational discomfort, but about pathologies»

The mental health of young people takes center stage in Belluno with a series of events aimed at tackling stigma and raising awareness about the increasing cases of mental illnesses in children.

The events, scheduled between 9 and 16 March, are part of the mental health week and have the patronage of the Municipality of Belluno and Ulss 1 Dolomiti. The initiative coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Franco Basaglia, the doctor who revolutionized psychiatry by opening the doors of mental asylums.

According to Maria Agostina Campagna, president of Antenna Anziani, and Giovanni Grazioli, director of the Belluno Civic Library, the focus is on addressing mental health pathologies rather than youth distress. They emphasize the need for dedicated structures and spaces in the Psychiatry department for young people, separate from adults.

The program includes a conference on Saturday 9 March on “Mental health, young people and families”, as well as literary readings and discussions on female mental health during the week. In Feltre, there will be free guided tours of the former provincial mental hospital by trained student guides.

The aim of the events is to involve families and health workers in addressing mental health issues in young people. The organizers hope to break down prejudices and provide support for those struggling with mental illnesses.

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