The Wife of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, participated in a workshop on the “Burn Out” syndrome, dedicated to mental health care.
The purpose of the workshop is to raise awareness of mental health among young people, in order to more easily cope with the challenge they face and will face in the future.
In her address, Gjorgievska pointed out that although May is the occasion for this workshop, the real reason is the pandemic that had a huge impact not only on physical health, but also on the psychological and emotional state of people, causing stress and anxiety.
“The number of people suffering has risen sharply during the pandemic. Chronic stress, isolation, and anxiety lead to mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. The pandemic caused individual and collective trauma, due to social isolation, feelings of fear of infection, anxiety about the uncertain future, as well as emotional shocks, grief and pain due to the loss of loved ones”, Gjorgievska said.
“It is often said healthy body – healthy spirit. But we must also nurture a healthy spirit, and prevent the “Burn out” syndrome. I always think that prevention is crucial and if we are able it is best to prevent negative phenomena, Gjorgievska said, adding that if these conditions are not addressed in a timely and appropriate manner, they can have long-term negative effects.
The President’s wife expressed confidence that these workshops, free sessions with psychologists, professional manuals and interactive maps, will change the perception in the Macedonian society, will help remove the stigma associated with mental health and will help people get good and practical advice for mental hygiene as a basis for their well-being.
This is one of the four workshops on the occasion of May, dedicated to mental health, organized by the National Youth Council of Macedonia, with the support of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia MladiHub. The workshop is attended by young people aged 15 to 29 years.