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‘Crying Room’ in Spain seeks to break mental health taboos

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The Crying Room is housed in a building in central Madrid.

Madrid:

“Enter and cry,” a sign tells visitors. “I’m worried too,” flashes another notice in pink. In one corner are phones with the names of people you can call when you’re feeling down, including a psychologist.

Welcome to La Loreria or the Crying Room. Anyone can join the project, housed in a building in central Madrid, which aims to remove the stigma of crying and asking for help in society associated with mental health.

“It’s a really excellent idea to imagine a mental health issue. It’s stigmatized in Spain to cry, like in many other countries,” said John Nelsem, a Swedish student who lives in the Spanish capital.

A week ago, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez separately announced a 100 million euro ($116 million) mental health campaign that would include services such as a 24-hour suicide helpline.

Launching the plan on October 10, World Mental Health Day, he said of mental illness, “It is not a taboo, it is a public health problem that we must talk about, be visible and act accordingly. “

In 2019, 3,671 people died by suicide in Spain, the second most common cause of death after natural causes. According to government figures, one in 10 adolescents has been diagnosed with a mental health condition, while 5.8% of the total population suffers from anxiety.

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