Brazilians swim in open water to boost mental health

Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Brazilians are swimming to boost their mental health

This group accompanies swimmers into the open water

to help people suffering with depression

and those who suffered during the global health crisis

MEMBER OF GROUP THAT ACCOMPANIES SWIMMERS IN OPEN WATER, BERNARDO TILLMANN, SAYING:"There are many people who are depressed, who are scared to say they are suffering from it. Talking about mental health is a taboo and when you come here (to the open water) we help everyone that arrives."

Experts say swimming in cold water sparks a feeling of euphoria

by releasing endorphins into the brain

SWIMMER AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR, AMANDA BRANDAO, SAYING:

"I started to develop labyrinthitis because of stress last year. I already had some treatment but it didn't work, it was only palliative. So I decided to start swimming because a friend recommended it to me and it has since changed my life."

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