August 20, 2018 - PSU kicked off its celebration of the Mental Health Awareness Week with a parade right after the University’s flag ceremony. The activity was participated in by the faculty, staff, and students from the College of Arts and Humanities (PSU-CAH) together with their Dean, Prof. Restie Allan Puno, and University Student Government President, Elijah Daniel Geanga. The parade ended at the PSU Performing Arts Centre (PSU PAC) where talks and seminar-workshops were held for the whole day.

The following topics and speakers were included during the seminar-workshops:

  • “Let’s Talk, Together We Can Beat it: A Suicide Awareness and Prevention Seminar-Workshop”
    - Niña Yzabelle Dela Torre and Kim Camille Rodriguez ( PSU B.S. Psychology students )
  • “Mental Health in Schools & Encouraging Help-Seeking Behavior Among Students”
    - Mr. Marvin Enosh Tan (Youth for Mental Health Coalition)
  • “Understanding the Beautiful Millenial ME (But Things Are Kind Of Falling Apart and So Am I)”
    - Ms. Nikka Aira Padrigo (PSU B. S. Psychology student)
  • “The Thriving Brain: Positive Psychology’s Role in Strengthening Mental Health”
    - Mikhaela dela Torre, Angelika Merced, Angelo Bundac (PSU B. S. Psychology students)
  • “Becoming a Mental Health Advocate: Best Practices and Things to Avoid”
    - Mark Christian Mendoza, Franc Earl Fabellar (PSU B. S. Psychology students)
  • “Managing Emotions and Mental Health”
    - Mr. Siegfred France ( Gamueda Psyche Solution Psychological Services )
  • Launching of PSU Depression Hotline
    - Mr. Gregorio Naldo Jr. ( Moderator, PSU Depression Hotline )

“Pagsilay” or a “brief glimpse” is the theme of the program and it emphasizes the neutralization of the stigma connected to people suffering from mental health issues. Moreover, it also provided an avenue for educating the members of the PSU Community on the important issues related to mental health awareness.

Figures from the World Health Organization showed that more than 300 million people worldwide are suffering from depression.

According to the Global School-Based Student Health Survey of 2015, 17 percent of high school students in the Philippines aged 12 to 15 said they had attempted suicide at least once.