Siquijor SK prex trumpets programs to address mental health issues

SIQUIJOR, Jan. 26 (PIA) — Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President Brylle Deeiah Tumarong of the province of Siquijor has announced several initiatives to address mental health issues in the province in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the Laging Handa press briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office Sec. Martin Andanar, Tumarong said the pandemic has brought a lot of challenges to Siquijodnons.

Citing reports of the seven “successive” suicide cases from August to December last year, Tumarong said the province, in an Executive Order issued by Gov. Zaldy Villa, created a sub-task group known as the Siquijor Provincial Mental Health Task Force to look into the matter and come up with plans, programs, and activities addressing the alarming issue.

One of the programs is training young individuals to help in the group dynamics, giving psychological first aid and stress debriefing not only to the young Siquijodnons but to the frontliners.

Tumarong also considered the creation of school level-groups where students can freely express their thoughts and feelings as well as opening sports tournaments while observing the minimum health protocols.

These and more plans incorporated in the Young House Heroes Initiatives (YHHI) and Youth for Peace-Siquijor/One Visayas can be implemented with the support of the provincial government, she said while underscoring the province’s good governance, transparency, cooperation, and the spirit of Bayanihan as the effective ingredients to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism and other challenges.

She urged the young Siquijodnons to continue adopting the spirit of Bayanihan, observing the public minimum health standards, and to be responsible in sharing news and information. (rac/PIA7-Siquijor)


By Rizalie Anding Calibo


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