Follow 2,506 people (57% under 18); 33% treated for severe depression. A research is underway to investigate the propensity to ask the psychologist for help
In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, promoted by the World Health Organization, every year on 10 October, Soleterre Foundation presents the data of a year of work of its National Network of Psychological Support Covid-19 composed of 87 psychologists and psychotherapists present in 15 Italian regions. To date, 2,506 people – including 1,451 minors in schools, 168 parents, 288 teachers, 32 health staff members, 93 Covid-19 patients, 83 family members and 391 people have benefited from the service of the National Network of Covid-19 Psychological Support who have not contracted the virus or worked in Covid-19 departments but who have suffered the psychological consequences of the pandemic. national territory and 321 interventions in schools).
Requests in urgency
S.296 requests for urgent help arrived at the switchboard, with a peak of 53 calls in November 2020 and 46 in March 2021. Among the provinces with the highest number of people taken care of are: Pavia (118), Bergamo (78), Florence (78) and Milan (69). In the triage phase, a sample of 433 patients was subjected to a test to detect the presence of post-traumatic stress symptoms and cross-sectional symptoms (depression, anger, mania, anxiety, somatic symptoms, suicidal ideation, psychosis, sleep disturbances, memory, repetitive thoughts and behaviors, dissociation, personality functioning and substance use) starting from the stressful event of the pandemic from Covid-19 and thus being able to outline the most suitable type of therapeutic path. Of the 433 tests performed to date it emerges that 33.26% of subjects developed severe depression, 21.71% severe anger, 43.42% severe anxiety, 24.02% experienced severe sleep disturbances and 15.01% had heavy substance use.
Access to the emergency service
The service, accessible by calling the switchboard number 335 7711805, was provided totally free of charge for the entire acute period of the Covid-19 emergency (from March 2020 to May 2021), and today it is preparing to become truly accessible to the entire population with a suggested minimum donation of 40 Euros at each meeting, while remaining free for the more fragile categories (Covid-19 patients hospitalized, first degree relatives of Covid-19 victims, minors with pathologies, health workers involved in the management of the emergency, people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic).
The shortcomings and needs
We are very worried because due to the pandemic there has been an increase in the levels of depression and anxiety and in Italy there is basically no public network for prevention and psychological help. Almost all citizens and 80% of children and adolescents who need psychological help can only obtain it privately and if they have the financial means. Today the major problems are linked to the “loss of role” that occurred before the pandemic with the consequent breakdown or serious compromise of the significant relationships linked to the “previous life”. Psychic pain linked to the difficulty of creating a new life project manifests itself with symptoms such as depression which, from a study conducted by us on a sample of 433 individuals, appears to be 33% present in severe form. A lot of work is needed to make psychological support accessible to men, women and children. ” – declares Damiano Rizzi, President of the Soleterre Foundation and clinical psychologist at the IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation in Pavia.
From these premises, and precisely on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day of 10 October, theSoleterre’s interest in investigating the population’s attention to psychological well-being and the propensity to seek help from a psychologist, which takes the form of
a survey available online
fillable in about 10 minutes. The activation of a National Network of psychologists and psychotherapists a project born from the creation of a National Fund for Covid-19 Psychological Support created, in July 2020, by the Soleterre Foundation in collaboration with the IRCCS Polyclinic San Matteo di Pavia Foundation, University of Pavia – Department of Nervous System and Behavioral Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome – Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology and the Lombardy Order of Psychologists.
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