The Youth Integration Center will increase its services to serve those who request it.
MÉRIDA, Yucatan, (January 17, 2022).- The mental health of youth in the State is being affected by depression, anxiety, and disorders such as lack of sleep due to social confinement, for which the Youth Integration Centers of Yucatan (CIJY) increased services to provide care to this sector of the population, reported its director, Víctor Roa Muñoz.
“All added to the pandemic we are experiencing, all the problems, interpersonal relationships, economics, deaths of loved ones, friends, pets, etc. and due to substance use,” he said.
He commented that since last October, 1,500 youth have been treated, 450 of them for substance use and the rest for disorders such as depression, anxiety, violence, insomnia, among others.
During the pandemic, the workshops they teach have been very helpful for people who have lost a loved one.
Roa Muñoz explained that they work on the body and mind of young people to treat disorders because boys always express their problems with irritable thoughts and hard work is required with them.
The specialist said that, in the State, marijuana, methamphetamine, and crystal are substances that are being consumed in large portions, especially by young people between 18 and 29 years of age.
He specified that substance users began between the ages of 10 and 19, mainly, with high school students being the most active in this area.
“80 percent of the young people we treat are consumers of more than one substance; there are users of cannabis with alcohol, especially among young people, there is a combination of cannabis with crystal in young adults. This makes rehabilitation schemes more complex”, he exposed.
He assured that, given this scenario, the Youth Integration Center will have to strengthen awareness strategies on substance use, in order to make young people aware of the risks of their use.