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A Mental Wellness Symposium With Useful Tools To Navigate The Pandemic

The appearance of COVID-19 changed the behavior of world society – REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian

The current COVID-19 pandemic that we are experiencing has brought millions of infected and dead. But also, more millions of people affected with mental health problems as a result of the concern about when this new coronavirus will end, either because it disappears spontaneously like its predecessor SARS, or because of the arrival of a vaccine that prevents it or effective treatment that saves severe cases.

This mental affectation is also attributed to the long and repeated periods of confinement to which societies in all the countries of the world are being subjected to avoid further infections and deaths.

The new coronavirus broke into China in December 2019 – REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

In these challenging and unprecedented times, wellness has taken center stage in the field of health. And that is why the Ineco Foundation has wanted to offer its grain of sand for the benefit of people with the organization of the first international virtual Symposium on Neuroscience and Well-being, which since 2007 is dedicated to mental health professionals, but this year particular is open to everyone and free of charge, with the best Argentine experts and recognized professionals from abroad who will also participate.

The symposium, which will focus on the role of neurosciences that play in the construction and development of well-being through dialogue, collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange, will take place on October 28, in a broad day that will cover the whole day . The event is organized by the INECO Foundation in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and will allow structuring a space for debate, communication and information on neurosciences and well-being, its key role during the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for mental health .

A thermal camera captures the image of a passenger wearing a mask, as protection against the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Retiro train station, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Oct 9, 2020. REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian

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International and national specialists and researchers in various areas such as sociology, medicine, psychology, neurosciences, anthropology, musicology, among others; will conduct a never-before-seen interdisciplinary exchange to address this global need.

“The symposium aims to give tools to society on how to preserve mental well-being during this exceptional time. It is part of a response to what we have been seeing since the beginning of the pandemic, where at first anxiety symptoms had soared in society. As time went by, anguish, low spirits and depression appeared. And fundamentally what we see is that constant fatigue prevails. We are exhausted because we have been doing things that we did not do before and we do not do things that we did before. So it’s not just people who are getting poorer, or losing their job or afraid of losing it. We are all exhausted, even those of us who are lucky not to have lost our jobs. There are tools from science to enhance our well-being. And in this symposium, which is free, we are going to provide tools to the entire Latin American community with the best specialists in the world on these issues, ”said the neuroscientist Facundo Manes, president of the INECO Foundation and one of the organizers of the important international event.

Millions of people have had to undergo tests to see if they suffer from the disease that is a pandemic. EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni / Archive

And he added: “Although the pandemic is worldwide. The story in Argentina is different because it is a more vulnerable country than the northern countries. In the studies we carried out at Ineco, we saw that the symptoms of anguish, anxiety, and mental fatigue were not related to the places with the highest number of infected, but rather that they were homogeneous. Because we are not only worried about the virus, but about the economy, about work, about the country. Because we do not have the same reservations as, for example, the countries of Europe. And this generates a mental impact. In vulnerable countries the film is another ”.

The psychologist Fernanda Giralt Font, Coordinator of the Wellbeing area and Deputy Director of Ineco’s Department of Psychotherapy, highlighted to Infobae the importance of this symposium for people. “This pandemic has produced great stress on the entire population. And this meeting with prestigious national and international professionals is an important way to contribute to generating well-being in people. We have had several talks with international speakers in recent months on the importance of how to speak to the population with simple, clear and useful language. Pass on forms, examples and recommendations for good habits during and after the pandemic ”, explained the specialist.

“It is a very special moment all over the world. One way to combat it is with wellness. When you think about well-being, you imagine a series of integrated things that make it up. But this is not so. Sometimes with small acts, with a different look at things, with enjoying a particular moment and doing something that gives us pleasure, well-being is achieved. And we will address the approach of intelligent optimism, music therapy, altruism and much more ”, added Giralt Font.

Symposium data

1st International Virtual Symposium on Neuroscience and Wellbeing

Organized by: INECO Foundation and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Date: October 28, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Contact: Marcelo T. de Alvear 1632 – C1060AAF – CABA –


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