Speaking to Lusa today, the president of Methamorphys – Portuguese association for human development, Jorge Viana explained that "the letter of recommendations will bring together the solutions that result from the debate on mental health problems in the region," and that " the document to be subscribed by all those present in the debate will be sent to the Ministry of Health and other entities with responsibilities and intervening in the area of mental health.
"It will be a document that may lead to several projects for the Alto Minho, which is a region where the shortages are immense and everything is going on in the area of mental health, for example at the level of residential units, occupational workshops, many others, "explained Jorge Viana.
About 25% of the Portuguese population has mental health problems
The president advanced that working instrument will be elaborated with the participation of the public who will take part in the debate that will take place, on Friday, between 09:30 and 13:00, in the auditorium rio Lima, in Ponte de Lima.
Support from the Medical Association
The initiative will count on the participation of the staff of the Order of Physicians, Miguel Guimarães, who will talk about the promotion of mental health, challenges, resources and perspectives.
Jorge Viana said that estimates indicate that "about 25% of the Portuguese population has mental health problems," which he considered "very significant."