In an international study conducted by Gallup, it was shown that Filipino workers are experiencing the
There are cultural and socioeconomic barriers that pervade mental health in the Philippines. Combined with the onset of the pandemic and its ongoing consequences and anticipation of a recession, it is no surprise that everyone’s mental health is under threat in some way.
Filipino Gen Zs and millennials,
who make up approximately 59%
of the workforce, are experiencing
burnout rates of 70% and 63%
According to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in the Philippines, there has been an “overwhelming amount” of murders of members in the community, with an increasing number of hate crimes over the past decade.
Globally, 45% of the community are found to have depression, while 36% have been diagnosed with some form of anxiety disorder due to bullying at school or abuse at home.
According to Gov.ph, 26% of ever-married women from ages 15-49 experience physical, emotional or sexual violence by their partner.
Moreover, 8 out of 10 children experience violence, with 2 out of 3 not reporting crime because they are not aware that it is violence.
POPCOM reported that 1 out of 4 Filipino adults across the Philippines cited harmful acts in various forms among the most pressing problems of women during the present health crisis.
In another study, it was also found that about 5% of the girls and young women surveyed had violent acts performed against them in the home.
Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, students have had to adjust to online learning and limited social interaction. It was found that around 53% of Filipino senior high school students experienced extreme levels of anxiety, while around 22% experienced severe stress levels.
A survey by UNICEF and Gallup showed that 1 in 5 young people aged 15-24 often feel depressed and have little interest in doing things.
According to Global Citizen, the number of Filipinos living in poverty has risen to over 26 million. That is almost 1 in every 4 Filipinos. With talk therapy sessions averaging P2,800-P3,000 per session, accessing mental health care support is not something those living below the poverty line can even consider, when the survival of their families are at stake.
It is estimated that around 76%-85% of the community in developing countries with serious mental health disorders do not receive treatment.
In times of crisis, people need someone to talk to. The National Mental Health Hotline expansion will provide callers with a safe space to release critically built up emotions, via a module-driven mental health framework, and access quality mental health support designed to save lives.
Marginalized communities are most vulnerable to the impact of stress and environmental pressures in their lives. Talk therapy affords them a safe space to vent and confront the challenges that hide behind the stigma that plagues our culture to this day. Mind You will be providing talk therapy subsidies for licensed psychology sessions to provide increased access to the general public to improve the availability of affordable quality mental health care. Therapy with a licensed psychologist can equip people with the knowledge, skills, and coping strategies to help them take control and live safe and healthier lives.
In order to destigmatize mental health across the country, it is important to create awareness through access to psychoeducation and programs that target specific communities, such as the LGBTQIA+ community, women, youth, the economically vulnerable, and those living in crisis-prone areas. Funding for these programs will allow us to increase accessibility by reaching every level of society and every segment of the community, as well as lower the costs to deploy our resources.
25-26 October 2022 @ Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier