The Congress celebrated today the World Mental Health Day with an act in which the young actor and writer Damián Alcolea has left impacted the Queen Letizia and the deputies of all the political groups with her story of the obsessive psychic disorder that she suffers from 14 years old
With tears in his eyes, Alcolea has called to "accept and stop questioning people who live with psychological distress", which has also encouraged to make visible their problem to eradicate the stigmas that persecute those who suffer from schizophrenia, depression or eating disorders.
"It's time, we're here and we're not going to hide, we're going to take our place in society, without asking for permission, because it belongs to us," Damián proclaimed.
The act was held in the Constitutional Chamber of Congress with the assistance of the Queen, the Speaker of the Lower Chamber, Ana Pastor; the Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, and the acting ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán.
The motto of this year's World Mental Health Day is "Youth and Mental Health in a Changing World".
According to the data of the national confederation, two million young Spaniards between 15 and 29 years have suffered some symptom of psychic disorder in the last year, of which half have not said publicly.
Alcolea has risen from the chair to offer standing testimony in the first person before the gaze of the assistants.
"I started going to a psychologist at the age of 14. I had been feeling harassed for a long time by constant thoughts about death and by some classmates who made my life a bit complicated," revealed the Manchego act, which is now 39 years old.
After wondering why those guys treated him like that and led him to "a big black hole", it was answered that maybe it was because "it was evident that he was gay or because he showed a sensitivity that they did not understand".
"But the truth is that they made my life difficult because in their eyes I was different, it was the other," concluded Alcolea, who was diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), something that suffers from around one million people in Spain.
His, he remarked, is not "a testimony of overcoming", to continue living with the disease, and has encouraged those affected and society to address this problem with the "acceptance" with which he does.
"Our story is not the story of the other, but of your son, your sister, a friend, your partner or maybe it is your own story even if you do not know it yet," he reflected.
Addressing politicians, it has made them see that what is "not acceptable" is the lack of medical assistance for these cases: "We need more psychologists, it is a human rights issue".
"I was able to pay for it, but how many people can not do those?" He said in a broken voice, remembering those who were forced to commit suicide by not being treated.
After about 20 minutes that has lasted the story, the whole room has stood up to cheer, including the queen and the rest of the authorities.
"It's a bit difficult to talk now," Dona Letizia confessed when she took the witness and praised how in a way "so brave and so clear she has had a picture of what psychic discomfort is".
The queen has affirmed that "nobody should feel guilty of suffering mental disorder" because "there are ways to recover hope".
In his opinion, it is important that the whole society "help to change the social perception about mental disorders" and to promote labor initiatives, remembering that unemployed people have double the risk of suffering from a mental health problem.
The queen has also put the accent on "permeate" the educational value system as "respect, empathy, inclusion and full autonomy", since it is school age when the disorders begin to emerge.
In the act has also intervened the influence Pelayo Diaz, who has warned of "the lives invented, the abuses and harassment" that are hidden behind social networks in the case of many young people.
The president of the Confederation of Mental Health of Spain, Nel González Zapico, has trusted that sessions such as today are "a turning point" so that the social agenda is a priority for politicians and help more "a collective stigmatized and marginalized "that defends its full integration. EFE
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