St. Scholastica’s College hosts the 5th PSAMH Monthly Meeting
MANILA —The Philippine Societies Association on Mental Health (PSAMH) monthly meeting was held for the first time at the Sr. Erenthrudis Hall of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila last March 10, 2017. Attendees were psychology majors from different schools, who are all affiliates of PSAMH. The monthly meeting was organized by SSC Psychology Society. Student affiliates who were present include those coming from the Mary the Queen College, University of Caloocan – South, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, San Mateo Municipal College, Philippine Women University – Manila, Manila Central University, Baliuag University, Rizal Technological University, Philippine Christian University, Manila Tytana Colleges and SSC Manila.
Ms. Llewelyn Issa Dela Cruz of the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) gave a seminar on teenage depression—how to understand and manage it. Depression is a common mental illness, especially in adolescents, that affects the mind, body, and emotions. It is present mostly in adolescents. According to the World Health Organization (2012), “Depression can lead to suicide, […] with the loss of about 850,000 lives every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals between 15-29 years old.”
Eight-hundred fifty thousand is a huge number and depression is a kind of disorder that is hard to notice because it can be mistaken for regular sadness.
The talk emphasized that, whether you are a Psychology student or not, it is everybody’s job to understand and help those who have no clue how to manage their depression. However, MUCH depends on the affected individual if they are willing to receive help. “We don’t wait for anyone else to turn our lives around, we, ourselves, should be the one to turn it around to give ourselves a new set of opportunities,” Ms. Dela Cruz concludes.
To energize the audience, Progknowsis—the dance troupe of Psychology Society—prepared a lively intermission number for the guests that had people cheering and dancing along. When the program ended, the PMHA staff were led to a reception prepared by the Psychology Society and the Psychology and Counseling Department. Truly, we hope this would not be the last time we will host a PMHA-PSAMH meeting!
By: Vaneza Aquino