Mental Health: Suffering from a mental disorder in Mexico, does the IMSS cover it?

Mental health is an issue that in Mexico has been gaining relevance little by little, especially with the intensification of disorders such as depression and anxiety from the COVID-19 pandemic that began in February 2020.

Although mental disorders should not be something new for Mexicans, since in Mexico, 17% of people have at least one mental disorder, and one in four will suffer from it at least once in their life according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO), We are not prepared as a nation to face these sufferings.

This is demonstrated by the figures portrayed by the INEGI, last year there was a figure of 7,896 deaths by suicide, a figure that increases year after year. Despite this, the culture of prevention and treatment of mental disorders represents a great area of ​​opportunity for the country.

According to a statement from the Senate of the Republic, it is estimated that in Mexico at least 14.3% of citizens suffer from generalized anxiety disorders, other common disorders are depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addictions.

The State has various mechanisms to face mental and emotional problems, unfortunately the health budget only allocates around 2% to mental health, when the WHO recommends that between 5 and 10% be invested.

Stigma and discrimination

Talking about mental disorders for many can be overwhelming, especially with the little accessible information on mental health that is available in Mexico, these conditions have nothing to do in most cases with what we have seen in movies or what They have told us, mental disorders are conditions that impact the thinking, feelings, mood and behavior of those who suffer from it, there are some more severe than others, sometimes they can affect the functionality of people in their day to day.

An example of this is stress, it is normal to present it to a certain extent, however, it can reach a point where it causes the affected person to not be able to handle it alone, it triggers aggressive behavior, complication in social relationships, low tolerance to frustration, among other things.

An important part of the lack of prevention and treatment of mental illnesses has to do with the cultural stigma suffered by the people who live with them.

This discrimination arises from the lack of information in previous decades, precisely the mental centers known as “asylums”, in Jalisco were built away from the metropolitan area, since it was believed that people who suffered from mental disorders should stay away from society, such is the case of the Center for Comprehensive Care in Mental Health of Prolonged Stay (known as El Zapote).

Due to these ancient beliefs and lack of information, much of Society continues to attribute negative things to these conditions or to the treatment itself, which is why there are problems such as the lack of an adequate diagnosis, lack of treatment either pharmacological or therapeutic process, and this makes people’s lives more difficult who suffer from any of these disorders and their families in many cases.

Public health system and mental disorders

In Mexico, the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), is in charge of attending to the health and social protection of many Mexican men and women since 1943, mental health in this sense is no exception. Currently Family doctors treat those who present fear, sadness or stress and if necessary, they are cared for by the areas of psychiatry and psychology.

In addition, with the emergence of the pandemic The IMSS created an emergency line regarding mental health, according to the official page “At the number 800 2222 668, option 4, Social Security personnel in psychiatry and psychology guides beneficiaries and workers. “

Another instance that since 2004 covers Mexicans who do not have IMSS is the Popular Insurance. This insurance covers the Universal Catalog of Health Services (CAUSES) 2019, which includes mental health, for this they have the Comprehensive Mental Health Centers (CISAME), which includes outpatient services for the detection, care and timely rehabilitation in mental health .

Where do I go if I don’t have IMSS or Seguro Popular?

There are many cases of citizens who for various circumstances do not have any type of social security, for this there are various alternatives offered by the State to attend to mental health for free or at low cost, for example, people can go to any CISAME paying a recovery fee. Also educational institutions such as the University of Guadalajara (UDG) offer free psychological care, below we leave you the data.

Grief and Suicide Prevention Clinic

  • Phone: 10585288
  • Address: CUCS, Sierra Mojada 950, Col. Independencia

Clinic of Comprehensive Psychological Care for Well-being

  • Phone: 1058–5200, extension 33920
  • Address: CUCS, Sierra Mojada 950, Col. Independencia

Promotion and Care of Psychological Health DIF Jalisco

  • Phones: 01 800 3000 343, (33) 3030-3800, (33) 3030-4600

Jalisco Institute of Mental Health

  • Phone: 3330309900
  • Address: Av. Zoquipan # 1000, Col. Zoquipan

Psychological support Civil Hospital of Guadalajara

  • Phone: 3339424400, 3338834400

Comprehensive Mental Health Centers (CISAME)

  • Address: Av. San Rafael No. 403, Col. La Paz
  • Phone: 01331816-9579



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