Mental Health Initiative
We join forces with the Department of Psychology of Ponce Health Sciences University through its Primary Care Psychology Program to offer mental health services in the diagnosis and treatment centers (CDT) of Guayanilla and Guánica.
How does it work?
The mental health team conducts screening tests on patients who come to the CDT to identify mental health problems. After being diagnosed, is established an appropriate care protocol and offered help to those who needed it.
Offer mental health services, from a preventive perspective, to vulnerable people affected by different events in the southern region of the Island.
During six months of the project, 565 interventions were carried out. 40% of the total of the people assisted meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis.
Metal Health is also Health
Mental health is a fundamental component of the well-being and quality of life. That’s the reason why we support the integrated care model of psychology, where mental health is part of the primary health care of patients. Psychological care is offered as part of medical consultation to the CDT, and as a result, it enables to better identify and manage a range of priority mental health conditions. It’s a very effective way to care for and prevent the development of mental health problems.
A joint initiative to promote Mental Health
Natural disasters, as earthquakes, and health emergencies, as COVID-19, have affected the emotional health of people in our communities. Many organizations are collaborating to fight against them. Fundación Intellectus, Programa Mano Amiga de la Fundación Plaza del Caribe and the United Way of Puerto Rico have joined forces in this initiative to bring mental health services to the people of the south of the Island.
Edwin Tavárez, Fundación Plaza del Caribe
Depressive and anxiety disorders topped the list of mental health problems diagnosed in these first six months. The people assisted is wide-ranging, in terms of age (26 to 76 years) and 95% belong to vulnerable or underserved populations.