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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

PLDT and Smart's mental health initiatives being welcomed by more advocacy groups and LGUs

10/16/2021 01:09:37 AM

PLDT and Smart have scales up their mental health initiatives online by linking up with more advocacy groups, organizations, and local government units (LGUs).

One of them took place through the group's collaborative platform Better Today, which prompted long-time mental health advocate Alyannah Lagasca to join Smart’s #CyberSmart Cyber Security Beyond Digital event that seeks to educate students and teachers on protecting themselves in the digital space.

As National Chairperson of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition (Y4MH), Lagasca shared how it is important to drive conversations on mental health awareness in order to break the stigma. 
“Remember to reach out for help when you need to. Don’t be afraid to seek professional mental health care. Recognizing that we need help is a form of strength because we acknowledge that there are things that we need to improve on. With this, we can come up with ways to fix our problems and be better,” Lagasca said. 

Lagasca underscored the multi-sectoral approach when it comes to mental health, which the three important aspects of self-society-system, are also part of. The chairperson of the meantal haelth coalition cited how important for one to take care of ourselves in order to reach our goals, be better versions of ourselves and to show kindness towards other people. When it comes to the society and system, our social interactions and institutionalized policies have an impact in strengthening our mental well-being.

Meanwhile, parent and advocate Joy Ortega co-developed “Kamusta Ka, eLyU?”: Better Today Conversations on Mental Health Awareness, with its pilot episode of the monthly conversations series was streamed last September 28. Speakers included mental health professionals Prixies Sambrano, a registered psychometrician from the Provincial Health Office of La Union, Dr. Kathryn Tan from the National Center for Mental Health, and singer-songwriter and fellow advocate Claudia Barretto.

The next episode of this PLDT and Smart-produced mental health program episode will focus on “Resilience”, which talks about overcoming adversities, mental struggles and distress, especially amid the pandemic

PLDT and Smart seek to uplift and improve the overall physical and mental wellness of Filipinos through initiatives that also ensure food security, improve nutrition, and create awareness online. The said programs also affirms the commitment of PLDT and Smart to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being. 

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