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Bogotá Ministry of Health begins mental health study

Secretaría de Salud de Bogotá inicia estudio de salud mental
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The Bogotá District Health Secretariat and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the Andean Region and the Southern Cone have started the Mental Health Study in Bogotá 2023. The research aims to identify the most important problems related to the mental health of the inhabitants of the city, as well as describing the consequences derived from the Covid-19 pandemic. Its purpose is to develop preventive programs, strengthen existing services and design specific strategies that respond to the needs of the population.

Given the current conditions of the city and the changes in life and demographic dynamics, it is essential to have a broad and diverse participation by citizens. This will make it possible to obtain updated and relevant information on this area, which will facilitate decision-making at the local level.

When does the Mental Health Study start in Bogotá?

The data collection phase for the Mental Health Study began on June 28. At this stage, the technical support of the Centro Nacional de Consultoría, whose collaborators will travel through the different locations of Bogotá, visiting door to door in both urban and rural areas. The goal is to reach more than 15,000 households throughout the city by conducting surveys.

The District Health Secretariat invites residents to participate in the Mental Health Study in Bogotá, since the information will be collected voluntarily. All data provided will be confidential and only for study purposes.

The District Administration recognizes the importance of mental health and has strengthened promotion and prevention actions through the territorial model “Salud a Mi Barrio, Salud a Mi Vereda”. This approach focuses on caregiving environments, such as educational, work, public, home and institutional, with the aim of providing support and comprehensive care.

To achieve this, home care teams and mobile care units with an emphasis on mental health have been implemented. These initiatives make it possible to bring health services closer to the population and overcome possible access barriers, contributing to the well-being and improvement of the quality of life of the inhabitants of the capital.

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By: Susana María Rico Barrera

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