“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” — Russell Wilson

Looking after our mental health is one of the most important factors to our overall health. The Centers for Disease and Controls Prevention explains that our mental health affects most aspects of our life including our emotional, psychological and social well-being.

In fact, it’s more common to be diagnosed with a mental health illness than you might think.

According to the CDC, “More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.”

The House of Representatives, meanwhile, approved a bill creating a mental health office in school divisions.

House Bill No. 6574 mandates the hiring and deployment of mental health professionals to public elementary and secondary schools, vocational institutions, and offices in the central, regional, and school division governance levels of the DepEd within five years.

“We will endorse the request of the DepEd to increase the salary of our guidance counselors because currently they are receiving Salary Grade (SG) 11, an entry level pay for teachers, but the requirement is a master’s degree,” Gatchalian said.

According to the same survey in 2019, 23.1% of the respondents considered attempting suicide 12 months before the survey while 24.3% attempted suicide at least once during the same period.

Mental health organizations around the country recognize National Suicide Prevention Week and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month during the month of September each year.

However, working together to develop our collective understanding and awareness of suicide in order to prevent it is something we need to be doing every day.

Talking to a counselor about any questions you have about how to help support others or how to get help for yourself is a great place to start.

In case you need some help, click this link for emergency hotline numbers: