Let’s be real; it’s hard to cope with mental health issues. Many students struggle with various disorders like major depression and anxiety. Seemingly mundane things such as taking a jeep or giving a class presentation may become excruciating tasks that trigger panic attacks. Between the demands of work and school, afflicted students find it difficult to keep up with the pace of the rest of the world.
On top of all those struggles, treatments remain expensive and the stigma surrounding mental illness makes it harder for people to seek help—despite the signed Mental Health Law.
But with more information on mental health facilities, support and treatment can be within arm’s reach.
Why it’s important to get help
We need to address mental health with urgent care because the number of suicide cases and students with mental illnesses has risen drastically in the past two years. According to the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GHSH) 2015, 16.8% out of 8,761 students between the ages of 13 to 17 have attempted suicide at least once. This isn’t a coincidence, as students today are facing more pressure to succeed at an earlier age.
Do you ever find it hard to take a break from your responsibilities? Have the boundaries between your school and personal life become blurred through online platforms? Feeling overwhelmed when your feed is constantly flooded with negative news?
Without a proper way to cope with disappointments, you may experience feelings of isolation and hopelessness. If you recognize signs and symptoms of depression within yourself or a friend, such as a general loss of interest in others, apathy, unusual behavior, and even sleep or appetite changes among others, seek help immediately.
Yes, it’s hard to acknowledge illness in any form. You might be inclined to ignore your feelings because you have an upcoming exam, a school event, or a big game, and everyone’s counting on you. But know that your mental health is far more important than anyone’s expectations.
Mental health services in Cebu
Here’s some good news: various organizations in Cebu have devoted themselves to providing help and care to those in need of mental health support. With or without strong family support, and no matter how bleak things may seem, there are always people out there willing to help you. Don’t hesitate to reach out. Remember there is nothing wrong with seeking professional help.
Contact the following organizations below if you, or someone you know, needs mental health support:
Do you need to talk to a professional without worrying about expensive consultation costs? Head to Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), a private non-profit organization with multiple chapters nationwide. Treatment and prevention of mental disorders in Filipino families and communities is the name of the game for PMHA. It is one of the most expansive organizations dedicated to combating mental illness across the country.
Talking about your symptoms is the first step in addressing mental health, and these professionals will ensure that you’re in a safe space to express your concerns, get diagnosed, and start on a recommended healthcare plan.
- Cost: ₱500 – ₱1,000 per consultation
- Address: 3rd Floor, JM Valdez Bldg. 799-A, D. Jakosalem Street, Cebu City 6000
- Phone: (032) 410-8047
- Email: [email protected]
Need psychotherapy (aka talk therapy) in a more private setting? While it’s a bit more expensive, try Inner Peace, a private mental health clinic based in Cebu. The facility provides care and treatment for those with emotional difficulties. Inner Peace also launches events and programs centered around mental awareness and prevention as part of its advocacy.
The clinic is available for cognitive behavioral therapy, consultation, assessment, and much more. Contact the clinic if you or a loved one needs professional help.
- Cost: ₱1,500 per consultation
- Address: 111 San Miguel Street, Cebu City, Cebu
- Phone: 0923 166 6780
If you’re struggling with your mental health and feel like you have no one to talk to, you can also reach out to the HOPELINE at (02)804-HOPE (4673) or 0917-558-HOPE.
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