It’s World Mental Health Day this October 10!
This year’s theme is Move for Mental Health: Let’s Invest. Invest because there’s just not enough movement on mental health, investments, access and everyone’s right to good mental health.
It’s quite obvious, especially here in our country, with only 3–5% of the total health budget allotted for mental health. Representative Stella Quimbo from Marikina City even said just recently, “The proposed 2021 budget for Mental Health is P615 M, equivalent to P5.69 per Filipino.”
But it’s a good thing that the numbers of advocates and organizations dedicated to spreading awareness on mental health are growing now. People are becoming more open in conversations about mental health.
So, I encourage you take part in any of these various events by organizations in the Philippines and around the world.
World Mental Health Day 2020 Events:
World’s Virtual March for Mental Health
Participate and be inspired in the world’s first virtual March for Mental Health this Friday, October 9. This is a 24-hour live stream that will feature people with lived experiences, mental health experts, advocates and campaigners from more than 17 countries as part of a global momentum to drive change and investment in mental health globally.
March for Mental Health schedule in the Philippines is 11:00 AM- 12:00 NN.
You can also participate through Instagram and Facebook augmented reality filters. And a new TikTok dance #MoveForMentalHealth challenge.
More details: March for Mental Health https://marchformentalhealth.com/
March for Mental Health in the Philippines: MentalHealthPH
Learn the importance of mental health amidst this pandemic and how to raise awareness from Ms. Riyan Portuguez of Your Millenial Psychologist and Binibining Pilipinas 2020 Candidate Ms. Patrizia Garcia this October 9 at 5 PM via Araneta City’s social media pages.
Facebook: Araneta City
Light Up Blue for Mental Health
On October 9 at 7:00 in the evening until 8:00, schools, buildings, or any infrastructures are encouraged by Philippine Mental Health Association to light up their facades blue to signal support of the mental health advocacy and to push for scaling up support and accessibility for mental health services
Salubong for Mental Health Day
If you are planning to stay up late, why don’t you try to celebrate with The 100% Attitude Project on Friday at 11 in the evening via Facebook Live.
Facebook: The 100% Attitude Project
40fying Mental Health
Learn from our experts Dr. Cristine Saldivar, Dr. Julian Montano, Dr. Susana Estanislao, Ms. Paula Diaz, and Ms. Mara Yusingco how to strengthen our Mental health and well-being. Watch them on Facebook, Live this October 10 at 10:00 AM.
Facebook: In Touch Community Services
MH Talks| Am I Okay?
Join in MHTalks by MentalHealthPH this Saturday at 3:00 PM in Facebook Live, and learn about the different lenses we can view mental health, various misconceptions about it in the Philippines and the effects of stigma on our communities and us.
This event will be hosted by advocates, Ms. Christine Babao and Nykko Bautista. With guest speakers, Dr. Lourdes Ignacio, NGO Representative, Philippine Council for Mental Health and Roy Dahildahil, Co-Founder and Executive Director, MentalHealthPH
USAP-ISIP: How Should We Look at Mental Health and Strengthen Well-being?”
This is a free webinar on October 10, starting at 7:00 in the evening with guest Ms. Christelle Jimenez, an Applied Behavioral Analysis practitioner, behavior consultant, and a researcher. Usap-Isip is the first part of Quaranthinking Webinar Series by Mental Health AWHEREness.
Register here: bit.ly/usapisip
Enlightening Filipinos’ Mental Health Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic
The Kalinawan Project presents their first event for the World Mental Health Day on October 10 at 7:30 PM. Speakers are Ian Acda, Youth Pastor, and Carolyn Finones, RPm.
You can watch them live on Facebook or via Zoom.
Register here: https://forms.gle/TUopgtGB82Ljy7XQ9
The Big Event
World Health Organization is inviting people from all around the world to take part in The Big Event for Mental Health, a global online advocacy event that will call for increased investment in mental health. Leaders and mental health experts will tackle ways to reduce mental illness and what more must be done.
Be motivated by world-renowned musicians, sportsmen and women who will share their experiences with depression and anxiety.
Big Event is a free event and its open to the public. You can watch the Big Event from WHO’s various social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and LinkedIn on this Saturday, October 10.
More information: The Big Event
Join in I’m Here, Hear Me
In celebration to World Mental Health Day, I will be launching an advocacy project called I’m Here, Hear Me.
It’s a campaign that encourages everyone to share their mental health stories and how brave they are for surviving or just let people know that someone is willing to help and listen to them. Because each of us and our stories matters.
Here’s a little reminder for you:
Read more about mental health: