Closing in on Mental Health Issues Faced by Filipinos

Posted on DoctorUna News By DoctorUna - Published on 2020-02-04

The people of the Philippines are tough and have the courage to face numerous challenges in life. Their society mainly revolves around cultural and traditional events. However, it has been hinted by their leading newspaper Manila Bulletin in its November 17th, 2019 issue that the youngsters in the country have been dealing with various mental issues for many years. 

A 2018 article that was written in the BMC Psychiatry portal provides a clear-cut picture of the prevalent psychological problems in the Philippines. While the myth circulates in the country that mental illness is hereditary by nature and therefore almost impossible to cure. Such unrealistic logic lessens the expectations for finding a medical cure. This has led to the ostracism of those who grapple with serious mental health issues.

Growing Cases of Mental Health Issues 

Filipino culture and society, in general, feel that hiding such grim facts is better than solving them. Apparently, such issues have to be brought to the forefront and addressed to come up with a positive solution. Otherwise, millions of Filipino youth may be affected. Recently, Dr. Cornelio Banaag stated his worry about the increasing cases of mental health problems among the youth such as anxiety, depression, self-hate, suicidal tendencies, and self-harm. Children no more than 10 years of age have been known to harbor these dangerous state of mind wherein they are violent and wish to harm others or themselves. Some of his recent articles online have given hope and support to many families with kids facing mental illnesses. 

The New Mental Health Act

In the year 2016, it was published in WHO website that suicide was one of the major causes of death of teenagers (between the ages of 15 and 19). Similarly, Filipino teenagers also showcase an alarming picture of helplessness and the inability to tackle the stress of handling relationship troubles and financial worries. Social media is said to play a vital role in triggering the stressful state of mind in today's youth. 

The national content on Philippine mental health services clearly points out wide gaps and disparities in providing crucial mental healthcare to the citizens of the country. The new legislative Mental Health Act offers a glimmer of hope that the people of Philippines may get proper mental healthcare services. 

With a sizable population of over 100 million people, the country faces challenges in the educational sector, healthcare sector, and job sector. However, under the new law, the youth do stand a chance to get their rightful share of mental healthcare, reassurance and state assistance.




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