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PROTECT, PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH – BONG GO

Senator Bong Go has raised concern over the impact of the ongoing pandemic and other crises on the mental health of Filipinos and reiterated his call for stronger government interventions, particularly on the provision of psychosocial services and support. Go echoed the recent World Health Organization’s appeal for nations to invest more in mental health […]

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MENTAL HEALTH ‘AYUDA’ FOR MOTHERS, STUDENTS URGED

Senator Kiko Pangilinan wants young people, especially students, double-burdened young mothers, and underemployed or laid-off workers, to get mental health treatment as they are shown to be most psychologically impacted by the pandemic. “Malala ang epekto ng pandemya at lockdown sa ating lahat, pero lalo na sa ating mga kabataan. Maraming nakakaramdam ng isolation. Maraming […]

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Government

DEPED LAUNCHES MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE SYSTEM

The Department of Education (DepEd)-Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DRRMS) launched mental health helpline system consisting of contact information from different organizations to support learners, teachers, and the public in times of mental and psychological distress. “We prioritize the promotion and protection of the mental health and general welfare of our personnel and learners, especially […]

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Food, Health & Fitness

OF MENTAL HEALTH AND VOICES IN THE HALLS

I’d be lying if I tell you that I’m not having any problems starting this piece. For one, there are just too many possible ways to open discussions about mental health.  Second, it’s just too close to home, making it challenging to find the right words. Third, sharing something so personal requires emotional catharsis. Nevertheless, […]

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Food, Health & Fitness

SURVIVAL KIT: COPING IN THE TIME OF COVID

Iba talaga ang panahon ngayon ‘no? Because of the pandemic, even just being exposed to someone who might have COVID-19 requires us to self-quarantine or isolate to prevent the further spread of the virus.  For some of us, isolation may be difficult. “Bakit? Uuwi ka lang naman ah. Wala ka lang namang makitang iba. Sandali […]

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Politics

TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – DALOG

A House of Representatives panel has adopted a resolution urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to integrate a mental health awareness course in the K to 12 basic education curriculum for all public and private secondary high schools.  The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture adopted House Resolution 422, which aims to facilitate the […]

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SUNSHINE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SECRETS OF FARMERS TO MENTAL HEALTH – PANGILINAN

To Filipinos adjusting to the various quarantine levels during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Senator Kiko Pangilinan has revealed the secret of farmers to mental health: sunshine and physical activity. That was part of his response to a question during the webinar entitled “Moving Up: Youth Empowerment on Leadership and Personality Development,” led by the […]

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AMEND MENTAL HEALTH LAW – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara is seeking to amend Republic Act 11036 or the Mental Health Act to allow qualified individuals to immediately receive compensation and other applicable financial assistance under the law. Angara said the ongoing crisis brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has turned mental health into a critical issue for many people […]

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CHILD, TEEN DEPRESSION LINKED TO SOCIAL MEDIA USE– GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to make responsible social media use a key component in mental health programs for schools, noting that increased smartphone and social media use has been linked to depression and anxiety among children and adolescents. In a news report, Dr. Cornelio Banaag, Jr. of the Medical […]

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PASS TEACHER PROTECTION BILL TO IMPROVE WORKING CONDITIONS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS – ANGARA

Expressing alarm over the reported suicide of teachers allegedly due to heavy workload, Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of the Teacher Protection Bill that aims to promote and improve the working conditions of public school teachers. “Lubos po nating ikinalulungkot at ikinababahala ang napabalitang kaso ng suicide ng dalawang guro kamakailan lamang […]