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Guatemala: National workshop on adolescent depression

From January 23 to 25, 2013, mental health professionals and other health workers and officials from the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala participated in a workshop on identification, diagnosis and treatment of depression in adolescents. The objective was to provide training in a methodology for the care of young people with depression in primary health care settings.

The workshop was conducted by Stanley Kutcher, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health at Dalhousie University, Canada; Iliana Garcia-Ortega, a researcher at that university; and Jorge Rodriguez, Senior Advisor on Mental Health of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Thirty people were trained as facilitators to replicate the workshop with the country’s health services staff, particularly at the primary care level.

According to data from WHO, depression affects over 350 million people of all ages and in all societies, and significantly contributes to the global burden of disease. Despite the availability of effective treatments for depression, the identification of this condition and access to services is a problem in most countries. Adolescence is a stage of life that deserves particular attention, and an early and effective care of many mental health problems can become a protective and preventive factor for adulthood.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 15:22

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