THE City Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Luzon, celebrated National Mental Health Awareness Week over the weekend at Heroes Hall here.
Dubbed “Kumusta ka? Tara Usap Tayo!” the whole day program sought to raise mental awareness among the youth by giving them lectures and activities on how to overcome depression and stress that can lead to suicide.
“Hanggang ngayon, malala pa rin yung diskriminasyon na nangyayari sa mga nakakaranas ng mental issues. This activity is a good opportunity to highlight the needs of a person who is suffering from mental health problems. Sa pamamagitan ng mga activities ngayon ay lalawak ang kaisipan ng mga kabataan at makakatulong sa kanila ito para ma-determine nila kung ano ba ang tama at mali,” said DOH Chief Health Program Officer Frances Prescilla Cuevas.
Dr. Maria Francia Laxamana, DOH Assistant Secretary of Health Office for Technical Services, gave tips on how to deal with depression and stressed that face-to-face social contact is an effective way to reduce its risk.
“Bago pa man mag-proceed into depression yang nararamdaman mo, ilabas mo na yan. Call a friend para mapag-usapan yan. Huwag kimkimin ang nararamdaman, always remember there is someone who is willing to listen and understand you,” Laxamana said.
DOH also conceptualized and put up 12 booths for various fun and light activities on how to ease depression and stress. These include “Once Upon a Talk”, “Pop Your Advice” and “Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga.”
In his speech, City Mayor Edwin Santiago urged the youth to engage in different social and physical activities organized by the local government to keep themselves consistently active. He also stressed the importance of building a stronger spiritual life by restoring faith in God.
“Marami pa kayong pwedeng gawin sa buhay ninyo, malayo pa ang mararating niyo kaya wag niyong hayaan lamunin kayo ng kalungkutan at depresyon. Dito sa Syudad San Fernando, gusto nating maging isang mentally healthy city, kaya kayong mga kabataang Fernandino magpakatotoo kayo sa inyong mga sarili,” Santiago said.