This Tuesday Yahaira Ochoa, a gender specialist from the civil organization Salud Justa Mx, in a statement, about maternal mental health care and designing public policies that contribute to the well-being of women, especially after the pandemic, is essential, considered the specialist in celebrating Mother’s Day.
In addition, he highlighted in his statement that «Depression, addictions, child violence, are some of the consequences that could be reflected in those who are mothers, if special attention is not paid to maternal mental health.»
The specialist mentioned that it is necessary to undertake studies with a gender perspective focused on mental health and review what are the triggers of changes in family dynamics after the pandemic to create public policies that address the root of this problem.
He mentioned that the World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which the person fulfills their abilities and is able to cope with the stress they face in daily life, to work productively and to contribute to the environment, «However, attending to mental health continues to be a need that is not always prioritized,» he added.
In addition, she said that many mothers do everything at home, they even help their children with school activities and they do not have any rest. «They should not be synonymous with ‘super mom’, since this excess of continuous work could be affecting their mental health.» In fact, he pointed out that currently the exploitation of mothers is normalized and «romanticized».
«The standards for them are unattainable and sooner or later this situation affects the mental health of these women,» he said.
«Due to the social and political context, motherhood for many ends up being a factor that increases the vulnerability of women,» he reported.
The specialist explained that, according to many studies, in Mexico and in other countries depression is the main threat to the mental health of women of reproductive age and the reason is the vulnerability in which many women who are mothers live.
He indicated that the prevalence of depressive symptomatology is almost 20%, which implies that 4.6 million minors in Mexico live with mothers who may suffer from moderate or severe depression.
The reasons for this condition may be violence, food insecurity and gender inequalities faced by women in the country.
In relation to the post-pandemic, there was an increase in these rates since many mothers went through changes at the family level, causing these mental health problems. The prevalence of depression can be prevented in the health of mothers who suffer from it, since due to this they could affect the health of their relatives and themselves.
«The double and triple workloads of many mothers are a social problem in Mexico that could be avoided with public policies with a gender perspective,» she concluded her speech to the information portal of Mujeres al día.