PMHA Bacolod-Negros turns 38

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By Rose Jessica Octaviano

A Sound Mind

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


THE Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) Bacolod-Negros Occidental chapter turns 38 years old tomorrow, June 25.

In 1976, a group of doctors, academicians, nurses, teachers, mental health professionals and concerned citizens led by Dr. Patricio Tan met with the PMHA-National officers to put up a chapter here. After a series of meetings, PMHA Bacolod-Negros Occidental chapter was launched on June 25, 1976.

The PMHA-Bacolod-Negros Occidental has its ups and downs but still growing strong after many years. There were times when they almost gave up. PMHA has survived through the help and support of generous benefactors and members. To all of you, we are truly grateful.

The 38th anniversary celebration kicked off yesterday with a lecture-forum at the L’ Fisher Hotel. PMHA national president Dr. Cornelio Banaag Jr., considered the father of child psychiatry in the Philippines, lectured on the topic, “Sad, Mad, or Glad: How Children’s Feelings Affect their Behavior.”

The forum was attended by guidance counselors, teachers, policemen, social workers, psychologists, nurses, priests, pastors, a nun, doctors, formators, parents and students.

PMHA Board of Management chairman Renato Lacanilao welcomed the group, while this columnist, who is also the PMHA Chapter executive manager, gave a brief report of the PMHA accomplishments.

PMHA director Dr. Mae Linda de Luzuriaga, a private psychiatrist, introduced the resource speaker.

Dr. Banaag described emotions of a child by his age. He also mentioned the signs of children’s mental disorders to know when referral is needed.

He stressed that the feelings/emotions of children are very important. These are the shapers or determinants of one’s perception and behavior. Humans are born with capacity to experience and show emotions. Children need to understand the connections between their thoughts, feelings and behavior. Parents play a vital role in helping children learn self-regulations as well as the connections between thoughts, feelings and behavior.

Bacolod Councilor and PMHA director Atty. Caesar Distrito gave the closing message. Councilor Distrito is also the author of the city ordinance declaring every October 10 as Mental Health Day in the City of Bacolod. It has been approved during the third and final reading of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The program was hosted by PO3 Jared Esquilla, past director of PMHA Board of Management.

We plan to invite Dr. Banaag again for more lectures on children, adolescent and about discipline.

The columnist will share more about emotions and common mental disorders in the next columns.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 24, 2014.

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