2020 has been a difficult one, and with COVID-19 disrupting daily life, the year has truly challenged not only our capability to endure, but also our mental health. But with the new year dawning upon us, it is essential to tune-in and ask ourselves, “How am I?”
In the second of Liyab’s webinar series last Saturday, January 2 entitled, "The Mind's Gambit: Making a Move on Mental Health," we discovered the myths and facts surrounding mental health, how to seek help, and where to seek it.
The event, in collaboration with Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS) of Ateneo de Davao University, The Rock - Official Student Publication of San Pedro College, and the International Medicine and Biology Departments of Davao Medical School Foundation Inc., has garnered a good turnout of about 93 participants and were welcomed by co-hosts Symon Culas and Darlene Lallen, as well as Dr. John Patrick Padilla who gave the opening remarks.
The director of COPERS, Dr. Maria Isabel S. Lemen, PhD, RPsy, was the first guest speaker. She tackled the biopsychological factors of mental health, discussed the barriers to seeking help, when to get help, and how to maintain a positive mental well-being among others.
The second guest speaker, Mr. Argel Joseph S. Aventura, RPm, a case manager in JJ Valderrama Behavioral Management Center, began his presentation by inquiring on the participants’ 2021 outlook. He highlighted how the use of stigmatic statements and behaviors fosters the culture of hostility toward seeking help. In his presentation, he also cited organizations providing mental health services in various locales.
With the conclusion of the webinar, Liyab Editor-in-Chief Krizzaleen Mae Valencia gave the closing remarks and ended the event with a challenge to the participants to use what they have learned and be bearers of the valuable information they have acquired.