#SeeYouTomorrow Urges You To Help Create Another Day

 

Because tomorrow means today is not the end

 

 

There’s been a lot of attention being given to mental health recently, with the House of Representatives even approving a mental health bill that will (hopefully) be for local implementation. Some may argue that it is unnecessary, but facts are fact and what we’re seeing is a great number of people being diagnosed with depression and other such disorders.

 

 

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The World Health Organization has gone on the record to state that over 100 million people suffer from mental disorders in the Western Pacific region, including the Philippines. Among these numbers, 5.73 percent are accounted to depression alone.

 

Our own Department of Health counts some 3.3 million Filipinos who suffer from depression. But, thinking logically, the number would be even higher since most of those suffering from depression hesitate to speak up as they hate drawing attention to themselves. It’s estimated that only 1 in 3 cases will actively seek out help and that one in those three are not even aware of their own condition.

 

As DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III put it: “It is necessary to make them feel that they are not alone in their fight; that there are people who care and are a willing to listen.”

 

Enter: #SeeYouTomorrow, a national campaign that aims to end the stigma surrounding mental disorders.

 

 

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HOPELINE was created in 2012 and has since received over 14,000 calls, with most cases related to depression, suicidal thoughts and relationship problems. At the helm is Globe, who has provided the necessary technology to make the hotline 2919 toll-free for Globe and TM users.

 

But to reinforce Globe’s hand in helping spread a proper education on mental health, the telco company has partnered up with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, College of St. Benilde (CSB) and the National Center for Mental Health to launch “Hope in 40 Seconds.” The project called for students and young adults aged 16-30 to join in the video animation competition.

 

The top five finalists and works of art include “Hope in your Hands” by Nia Colinayo and Jade Velasquez, “Light Beyond Shadows” by Rex Lynnus Sueno, “Out of Reach” by Maria Marquiala and Ralph Reyes, “Hope^4” by Aleks Elizabeth Dolor Isla and “Black White Red” by Ma. Isabella Parca.

 

The best three entries will be recognized in a ceremony this month at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.