“…the programmes with the highest approval ratings have been those dealing with drug addiction prevention and treatment.”
According to the numbers released by the Adeje department of health, under the guidance of councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, over two thousand individuals have taken advantage of programmes, activities, workshops and courses being run by the department on health and quality of life.
The programmes with the highest approval ratings have been those dealing with drug addiction prevention and treatment run in the borough’s secondary schools, IES El Galeón and IES Adeje with almost 700 people taking part, including students, teachers and family members. The main objective is the prevention of drug use and promotion in schools and home, leading to an overall drop in the number of users.
Another programme in this area is the NOVA SUR project, directed at families with young adults of 14-22 years of age, which has helped 12 families with therapeutic intervention.
The department also hosted 35 workshops on sex education, avoiding unwanted pregnancies, safe sex practises, etc. Nearly 900 people took part from secondary schools and participants also looked at the issue of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and discrimination issues. The information service regarding sexually transmitted diseases, which also offers a fast confidential testing service, dealt with 68 people so far this year.
The Pink Room/Sala Rosa, in the School of Security and Coexistence, a space for cancer patients and survivors and their families, continues to host talks and workshops with up to 70 people taking part in events so far. The department also offers professional care for those suffering eating disorders in collaboration with the ALABENTE association.
Other workshops that took place in the first six months of the year included themes of self esteem, personal growth, healthy lifestyle habits, and individual development. The department of health also is a partner in the Cabildo programme attending to those with dementias, including Alzheimer sufferers.