Queen Letizia traveled to Barcelona to take part in a conference on mental health at work and visit a local hospital.
The Queen of Spain arrived in Sant Boi de Llobregat on Wednesday November 23 and was welcomed by local authorities, including the mayor and the government delegate in Catalonia.
The conference, entitled “Work and mental health: 20 years of breaking the stigma”, was organized by the Sant Joan de Déu health care park, which operates under the supervision of the Hospital Order of Saint John of God (Orden Hospitalaria de San Juan de Dios).
The conference began with the interventions of the mayor of Sant Boi de Llobregat, the general director of the establishment and the interim president of the economic, tourist and commercial development area of the municipality of Barcelona.
The day’s moderator then introduced a discussion, entitled “The impact of the use of social media on mental health”, moderated by a sociology professor from the University of Barcelona and a clinical psychologist and writer.
It was then time for Queen Letizia to be given a tour of the innovative facility, which was refurbished in 2019 and houses people with mental health issues and serious behavioral issues, who need a treatment plan. complete.
The innovative approach of this facility revolves around four main pillars: business involvement; the renewed centrality of people, both patients and their families; a network of committed professionals, most of whom have been trained to work specifically in this field; and a renewed attention to the difficulties encountered by patients in integrating into the workplace.
At the end of her tour, Queen Letizia held a meeting with health professionals working in the establishment, as well as family members of people currently admitted to the specialized hospitalization unit for people with mental disabilities. .
When the Queen left, the local authorities and the Brothers of the Order of the Hospital of Saint John of God bade her farewell.
Mental health is a subject that has taken an important place on the agenda of the Queen of Spain in recent years. But this field is far from being the only medical field on which she shines the spotlight: from the fight against cancer and rare diseases, to calls for a healthy and balanced diet to be accessible to all, Queen Letizia chaired forums on different aspects of health.