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Depression awareness event set for today in Bayamón

Carlos Rodríguez Mateo, head of the Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services Administration

By John McPhaul

Carlos Rodríguez Mateo, head of the Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services Administration (ASSMCA by its Spanish initials), invited citizens on Monday to participate in a special presentation of the talk on depression, “How Do I Do It,” with singer-songwriter Christian Daniel and professionals from the agency. The conference will take place today at Braulio Castillo Theater in Bayamón at 10 a.m.

“Depression is a condition that can knock on any individual’s door due to different circumstances and when they least expect it,” the ASSMCA administrator said in a written statement. “Therefore, it is important that people attend this type of forum to acquire tools that help prevent it. Knowing the signs in time and what to do in the face of this condition could help to prevent suffering and even an act of suicide.”

“How Do I Do It” is a joint effort by the ASSMCA and the singer-songwriter aimed at educating and raising awareness among different populations about depression and how to overcome it. Likewise, the initiative proposes to share adequate management tools in different forums in Puerto Rico. Through the talks, the message of the importance of talking about the affliction and recognizing the warning signs in order to seek help will also be highlighted, Rodríguez Mateo said.

He added that the objective of the initiative is that through the artist’s testimony and the education of ASSMCA professionals, people are able to seek help if they are experiencing depression. Help is available at the PAS Line 1-800-981-0023, 1-888-672-7622 for the hearing and speech impaired, or through the mobile application that can be downloaded from Google Play and Apple Store.

The talk is free of charge and open to the general public. However, those interested in attending must register in advance through the following link:

All communication regarding the talk will be shared through email: ucat@

The use of a mask will be required at all times as part of compliance with event protocols related to COVID-19. This includes the presentation at the entrance of the individual’s vaccination card or a negative test performed within 72 hours prior to the visit.

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