Hola a todas y todos.

I am Antonio Manuel Gutiérrez, 4th year Occupational Therapy student and I am doing my first internship in FEAFES Mental health of Cáceres.

I am especially motivated to work in the field of Mental health to help give the visibility and importance that it requires.

During my internship, a little over a month approximately, I want to make the most of my time to gain more knowledge about TMG and learn from all the people who make up FEAFES.

I consider this very special opportunity for me, not just as another step in professional development, but personal.

my name is Fernando Pérez Rey, Diplomado en Terapia Ocupacional en la Universidad de Extremadura en 2009.

Me incorporo en el área del Labor Rehabilitation Center (CRL), después de trabajar como monitor-educador y Terapeuta Ocupacional en el Centro Residencial de Rehabilitación (CRR). Tengo más 6 años como experiencia como Terapeuta y 5 de ellos en un Centro Sociosanitario, estando ligado al ámbito de la Salud Mental.

En la actualidad soy responsable junto con Pilar Cáceres, Psychologist , Directora Técnica del CRL, del programa Incorpora financiado por “the box”, en la que voy a seguir luchando para poder ofrecer y garantizar, la posibilidad de encontrar un empleo a nuestros beneficiarios, y continuar trabajando junto con ellos en el Centro de Rehabilitación Laboral (CRL).

Fernando Pérez Rey
Occupational therapist
Técnico de Inserción laboral y prospector Empresarial
Mental Health Feafes-Cáceres


my name is María Sánchez Cabeza, graduada en Educación Social por la Universidad de Extremadura en 2019.

Comencé mi andadura por FEAFES Cáceres cursando mis prácticas del 4º año del Grado dentro del área social (Social Integration Center). Al finalizar mis prácticas académicas comencé a realizar el voluntariado en la asociación, acudiendo al centro una o dos veces por semana. Al finalizar mis estudios comencé a trabajar en la asociación como monitora de Centro Integración Social y Centro de Rehabilitación e Inserción Laboral.

En la actualidad trabajo como Educadora Social y responsable del Social Integration Center de FEAFES Cáceres a la par que continúo ampliando mi formación profesional en el ámbito de la Mental health.


María Sánchez Cabeza
Educadora Social
Mental Health Feafes-Cáceres

…and psychiatrists, despite being a common theme in our daily work, we know. A social level is the ghost death ... do not open headers deaths in the news, or newspaper headlines… anonymous deaths on which we tiptoed, deaths without sensitizing campaigns, without discussion in political forums… where family are stigmatized and a halo of silence is created around. Fortunately something has begun to change, not only health status, but socially .., because suicide is an issue that concerns us all as a society, as a cultural group.

Until a few years ago, he looked the other way when someone in your town, in your city, in their social environment took off his life… Families were identified and became the second victim. It was time they started addressing clearly a public health problem that leaves much pain and so many collateral victims.

I will not talk about statistics, I will not give data that we all know and repeated endlessly in the media and forums Mental health. I would like to raise this article from the point of view of prevention.

One suicide is already a social failure, but the reality sheds shocking figures. When someone decides to commit suicide it is because the political-social-health network has failed. Fortunately healthcare professionals, outside the environment of mental health, They are starting to become sensitized and consider talking with patients, not only clinical issues, but also emotional issues. We must address the issue of suicide with the same ease with which we talk about flu, psoriasis or heart disease.

The Suicide Observatory dismantles myths:
-"Whoever kills himself wants to kill". False. Who takes his own life just she wants to stop suffering.
-"Whoever does not say it and who says what he does". False. Many suicides are preceded by warning signs that any health or educator has the duty and obligation to detect.

In any faculty of medicine or psychology suicide is the main subject of study, It is not studied at the University, no state campaigns about, there are no specific health programs, not to educate the population, in general, and adolescents in particular, on the psychological and emotional well-being .... .. We are talking about 10 lives daily in our country!

Spain remains a prevention plan, no state or regional campaigns encompassing health areas, educational and social. Programs involving family, educators, health and social agents. Disseminate information necessary to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and the importance of psychological and emotional wellbeing. Shy programs have begun to appear in some regions, where the health sector is involved as a priority, but.. And the political?, And the social?

If in Spain suicide deaths are twice those killed in traffic accidents, Why is there no funding for such a serious public health issue? and WHO He points out as a health problem of the first order and it recommends that it should be a priority mundial.¿ Why the Ministry of Health of our country does not include a prevention-oriented program? Why Mental Health professionals think our health system should give more importance to mental illness? Why is there no specific funding in state and regional health policies for the prevention of suicide when we know that is the leading cause of unnatural death in Spain for more than 12 years, and it has increased alarmingly among the population between 15 Y 29 years?

the Depression It is not a state of sadness, It is a disease, and as such, treatable. Hopelessness experienced by patients who take their own lives is temporary, although at certain times you do not feel well. And finally note that we have a public health system in which there are professionals prepared to address suicidal ideation, restore function and patient experiencing hopelessness is ephemeral.


Julia García White.
Mental Health Coordinator Area Cáceres.

September arrives and from Mental Health FEAFES Cáceres We continue making people aware that there is no health without mental health, This month we'll talk about the importance of family in Mental Health.

We have often heard how important the family for each of us, almost always we take important decisions based on the concept of family, as this concept we have learned since we were kids, girls and we built throughout life.

There are critical moments for the family, for example, the separation of a couple who, as founders of this by separating can leave children feeling that everything is over and they run grave dangers because their parents are no longer together.

This detail gives us a clear example of how we tend to distort the real importance of family in our lives, a family is not based on a home "home" with all its members within, a family is much more than that, the role it plays in society and for each one of us is fundamental because it is the natural and appropriate environment in which we constantly develop as individuals.

The family meets three basic functions for the healthy development of each of its members: protection, providing care and affection.

Despite cultural changes, social and information revolution we have experienced in recent times, the family remains the most important for proper mental health of people.

Facebook, Twiter, Youtube and other interactive media have failed to replace a warm embrace, a pleasant conversation or parental guidance and family goal setting.

The joy of sharing good and bad times at home is something we are leaving aside lately, desconectándonos of our loved ones. This estrangement has several explanations, begins with the terrible traffic that exists in different cities, by excessive working hours, study days, etc.

Going turning away from our family, we become prone to illness or difficulties in our mental health. The importance of family is something timeless and will be the best remedy for problems.


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The welfare of the elderly is our commitment and, Thus, we want to present all findings about eldercare so they can enjoy a better life in its final stage, both mentally and physically.

Company that animals bring people around him is no secret, but the truth is that the benefits provided by animals to people and, more especially, the elderly are numerous and relevant. We need to translate these benefits because they can be helpful for older people throughout the world and for some users of our family locator.

The therapeutic power of the animals can be made visible in different scenarios. The first is to have an animal at home as a dog or a cat because his presence alone brings many benefits in people. It is shown that with your company, interact with them, care for or just perceive you can reach reduce stress due to the production of endorphins in the central nervous system is stimulated, increasing the sense of peace and tranquility. In fact, the Viladecans Hospital says this theory has since conducted a study in which the results highlight a 60% homes with pets have a mood and health more favorable, compared to those without animals live.

On the other hand, the second stage of the healing power of animals shown in Animal Assisted Interventions Company (IAA) Animal-assisted therapy or (TAA) which aim to improve the quality of life and promote the health of people with special needs through participation pet. this therapy, also called Zooterapia, It is to encourage and motivate people to evolve in areas such as communication, Social, affective, cognitive physics. Animals, which they are usually dogs and, in some case, Horses must meet a number of requirements for therapy work.

These therapies are especially focused on people with illnesses such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders, Besides being a good tool to reduce tensions and to help people suffering from heart disease, Asthma and chronic pain. We see that although elderly people are not being addressed exclusively, If that They have numerous benefits for this segment of the population because they help alleviate common health problems in older people. Georgia State University and Idaho State University have conducted studies that claim the benefits of therapy pets and tested, in this way, its reliability.

In Spain are already various hospitals and foundations that implement the use of animal-assisted therapies, always complementing the existing therapeutic process previously. The program of animal assisted therapy developed by the Mental Health Unit of the Hospital of Torrejon De Ardoz (Madrid), in collaboration with the Yaracan Association he has presented important findings like pet therapy applied to patients with involutional depression for six months reduces drug treatment in 60 % from the patients. Hospitals in different Spanish territory the presence of animals is also used to break the monotony of hospital admission and increase, in this way, positive emotions patients to feel safer, excited, happy. These visits reflected the affective-emotional bond that is created between patient and magical animal is so intense that influences the patient's stay is less hard and let off.

Ultimately we all benefit, besides the incredible love and companionship, it can bring an animal to the care of people and, more especially, people with health problems and older, something that seems crucial and highly recommended for maintaining good health or better.


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Continue our 8 Mental Health Challenges, Augusts this month, we talk about animals and their protection and prevention factor in mental health, Numerous studies point to the benefits that pets have on the mental health of people. Recently, a study was able to show as holding a dog or cat, or hamster, among others, brought on mental health benefits long term.

The researchers found that pets helped their owners to better manage their feelings and provided a powerful distraction from stress.

Some pets also proved useful in strengthening physical activity, like walking the dog, but also they allow them to socialize and interact with other pet owners.

so, researchers recommend strongly “these animals are considered as support in the treatment of mental health disorders“, for example, in the case of a depression.

Likewise, different studies are also pronounced on the benefits that pets have on the mental health of people. And is that when a pet is caressing, the body releases oxytocin, a hormone that has a calming effect on the brain, because it reduces stress and anxiety. There is also scientific evidence that points to spend time with animals, It makes hormones that make us feel good as serotonin and dopamine and reduces cortisol levels are released, stress hormone.

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We continue with our advocacy, people aware that there is no health without mental health, this month will discuss the benefits of the rural environment in mental health.

According to recent studies grow in a green environment affects better mental health Adult. The study by researchers at the University of Aarhus, in Denmark, concludes that children who are in contact with nature have a 55% lower risk of developing various psychiatric illnesses, as anxiety or depression, later in life. Hence the need, They insist the authors of this work, to redesign cities to incorporate greener and more sustainable and healthy.

The study results add to the growing body of scientific evidence on how nature has a beneficial impact on human health, both physical and mental. And how urban environments, with all that noise behave, air pollution, stress and few green areas, increase the risk of developing many diseases, from obesity to cancer, through mental: known, for example, that the risk of developing schizophrenia for children growing up in highly urbanized environments is almost a 200% highest.

With this action we want to continue our work sensitization and reaching the largest possible number of people and to end the social stigma that carries with it have a Mental illness.

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Through the program ESSDEX we developed last year and then this year met the DEAF ASSOCIATION OF CACERES, his work, its goals, methodology and team that have led us to today, We continue to create network.

By signing Collaboration agreement between the president of APSCC, Angel Soria Corón and our president María del Mar Moreno Solis, to continue working together, reach more people, regardless of disability that you may come to have, to continue making a better world, more inclusive and fairer.

Because together we are stronger.

Solidarity hearts It is a perfect example of networking, since this project have worked together 4 social organizations, very different but united in the same objective. It is the fifth edition of this project, funded Social work of La Caixa. Started by AOEX and users of creative workshop Older center “Main Square”. In this latest edition they have been incorporated components Mental Health FEAFES Cáceres, as well as members of the Women's Association “Santa Rita” of Ahigal.

The project is based on elaborate heart-shaped cushions and fabric bags for drainage, in total they have been 200 heart-shaped cushions more 200 drainage bags, made with colorful fabrics and adapted to avoid problems of skin contact. It is already shown that this form of cushion alleviates much of their pain. In addition the hearts contain a nice touch: a card made by children from 4 Caceres schools. The card symbolizes motivational messages, cheerful and encouragement to the recipient.

They are delivered free of charge to people with breast cancer operated by the matrons of hospital wards. Therefore the 14 of June 2019 a ceremony will be held, where symbolically, It is to make delivery of 200 Representatives hearts and bags HIS.