Mental health week starts in Marseilles

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLES, March 13, 2007 – A recent study shows that one person in 4 living in Marseille suffers from mental disorders including mild orsevere depression, obsessive and compulsive disorders or psychoticepisodes.

MARSEILLES, March 13, 2007 – A recent study shows that one person in 4 living in Marseille suffers from mental disorders including mild orsevere depression, obsessive and compulsive disorders or psychoticepisodes.

The chief of medicine at the psychiatric branch of the Edouard-Toulouse hospital, Lina Torrès, is to open an information week onmental health at the Archive office of the department.

The inhabitants of the Marseilles region are amongst the biggestconsumers of anti-depressants psycho-tropes in France and localauthorities want to put an end to the stigmatisation of so-called"crazy" people.

"Fear of being judged creates disorders", says Maïté Arthur, thepresident of an association called Les sentinelles égalité andfounder of Gem, a non-medical social centre for people suffering frommental disorders.

In this centre courses and workshops in computer skills, English orwriting are made available to its members. "Hospitals arecocoons where I feel mothered", Nathalie, suffering from a bi-polardisorder, said, "here I'm not isolated and I take writing and Englishworkshops".

Karine Laurelle, a specialised chaperone, concurs, "In hospitalseverything is done for them but we can only be surprised by people'scapacity to relearn and adapt."

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