Number of mentally ill Romanians doubles

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One in six Romanians suffers or has suffered from depression, a Eurobarometer data show. Another three in ten are anxious. In total, nearly 4 million Romanians have a mental illness and many of them do not know about it. From anxiety and panic, to severe depression, twice more Romanians than 15 years ago are ill. In Romania, however, there is no national program for the prevention or diagnosis of mental illness in early stages.

The workplace and the anxieties coming out of there represent most often the causes of depression. According to the statistics quoted by local media, a Romanian spends, in average, almost 2,100 hours a year at work.

Ten European countries including Hungary and Bulgaria have developed projects dedicated to depression and suicide prevention.

In Romania there are two national mental health programs with a total budget of RON 1,650,000. Yet, both are dedicated only to drug consumers and to people with severe mental illness.

Controversial reaction on suicide case in Bucharest

No later than Friday, a suicide case in Bucharest shocked the public opinion, after a 60-year-old woman threw herself down from a block of flats. She had been climbed on the roof and stayed there for more than 30 hours before jumping to death, despite the attempts of the negotiators from the police and emergency teams to make her change her mind. The woman was known as suffering of depression after her daughter, her only child, had died of cancer.

The tragic case prompted accusations that the woman could have been saved during all these 35 hours since she had climbed on the building’s roof and that the authorities were not so well equipped to save her.

Yet, state secretary within the Interior Ministry, Raed Arafat explained that authorities did not lack any technical equippment as rumored, and that the failure of such an intervention doesn’t always mean that someine must necessarily guilty. Arafat said the victim hasn’t been cooperative since the beginning and she was in a precarious state due to her health and financial problems and to her daughter’s death.He also underlined that all technical equippment were on the scene, but they could not be used as they were increasing the woman’s nervosity. Thus, a 38-metr saving platform has been brought but the woman threatened to jump, then another 72-meter platform was brought and in the end, an air bed device.

Yet, according to the Interior Ministry’s official, the air baed is usually used in the case of cooperative victims, who are trained how to jump and when they are at smaller heights.


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