Psychological professionals in Guatemala in the face of the pandemic
Autor: Diego Alejandro Palacios S.
Guatemala is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic amid various unfavorable political, economic and social circumstances. At the time of writing this article, 613,892 cases and an approximate of 15,840 deaths were registered. In a multi-ethnic, multicultural, multilingual country and in a situation of poverty, it is often difficult to address health issues, due to the precariousness of services and the lack of information that exists in the population.
The stigma of mental health and going to the psychologist seems to be a difficult gap, however, it is not all bad news; It seems that mental health issues have become more relevant and the population is increasingly recognizing the need to find out and seek emotional and psychological support, understanding that seeking these resources is imperative to adapt and cope with the pandemic, grief and the effects collaterals of the virus.
Today more than before, psychologists have the responsibility to disseminate and promote mental health at all levels from the space in which we influence.