Depression is one of the greatest health problems of our time. A person who is depressed is experiencing a low mood and aversion to activity in which they have no mental strength to do anything and feel that life has no purpose and that their loved ones would be better off without them. Medically classified as a mental and behavioral disorder, the experience of depression affects a person’s thoughts, behavior, motivation, feelings and sense of well-being.

José Ramón Alonso is the author of the blog Neuroscience (jralonso.es). Articles on depression are the most frequently read topic in his blog. Every year, more than one and a half million people read the post on Depression: first symptoms. Some of them leave desperate, sorrowful comments, asking for help. The main message is always the same: seek professional help, look for a doctor or a psychologist to guide you through the healing process. However, Alonso explained, ” we look at how to reach out, how to help, how to provide the patients and their families with the tools they need to cope with and hopefully overcome depression”.

How to manage depression?

That is why we have launched courses on Depression Management in collaboration with the General Foundation of the University, the BISITE Group, BioScience and the CDEU.  This is in addition to other related activities such as the book recently published by Alonso in the Shackleton publishing house, entitled The Invisible Illness. Overcoming Depression.

The courses are open and free (MOOC format) and are available on the e4you platform, which enables each person to progress at his or her own pace. They try to encourage to seek specialized support and help the affected people and their close environment.

You can register here. If you are interested in obtaining a certificate of completion, the General Foundation of the University of Salamanca has enabled a system of diplomas in different formats (digital, on paper, with and without apostille, etc.), but the course can also be done without any other interest than knowing more.

Depression concerns our families, our workplace and our classrooms. Apparently, the pandemic has worsened our mental health and all we do must revolve around moving forward and facing the future with hope and enthusiasm.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.