Quito, Ecuador

In an effort to increase mental health awareness, while reducing the stigma too often associated with psychiatric disorders, Deconstructing Stigma and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), are collaborating to develop innovative and engaging campaigns to enhance mental health education throughout Ecuador.

Education and advocacy are key elements of McLean Hospital’s mission, and the hospital has a deep-seated commitment to improving knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders and their treatments globally. Bringing the expertise of McLean internationally through a thoughtful multipronged approach that includes public and professional education, the hospital is working toward enhancing the overall knowledge of brain health and encouraging compassion and understanding for individuals living with psychiatric disorders.

Through professional training like the joint McLean-USFQ multi-day conference in March 2019 and public outreach with the accompanying “ask the experts” session, with Deconstructing Stigma, McLean are working to change attitudes about mental health in Quito, Ecuador, and the surrounding areas.

Facts About Mental Health in Ecuador

  • Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in Ecuador, followed by anxiety, stress, and substance use
  • Mental health stigma has a negative affect across the country and impacts the level of support and treatment that people receive
  • Suicide is the first leading cause of death among teen girls and the fourth leading cause among men
  • Ecuadorian men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide

About USFQ

USFQ is the highest-ranked university in Ecuador and is ranked number 57 in Latin America. Each year, it welcomes 8,393 undergraduate and graduate students representing more than 80 nationalities and countries (including 500 indigenous students and 1,000 international students). The university encompasses 967 teachers and staff, 10 colleges and academic schools, and 51 careers. The USFQ is classified in the highest category (Category A) by the National Council of Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education and is the only fully private university in Ecuador in this category.

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