In celebration of the 2018 National Mental Health Week, the Philippine Mental Health Association Baguio-Benguet Chapter Incorporation (PMHA-BBCI) conducted a lecture-forum with the theme “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World,” to 1300 members of the Lakas Isipan ng Kabataan (LINK) club from the different schools in Baguio and Benguet on October 13 at the WEMS Hall of Baguio Central University.
Dr. Genna M. Hipolito, medical specialist from the Psychiatry Department of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center lectured on several adolescent issues. She elucidated the risk-taking behaviors of adolescents such as substance use, violence, accidents, malnutrition, mental health, premarital sex, early child bearing and abortion.
Further, Dr. Hipolito enlightened the participants on the social concerns they struggle with today. It includes social media, depression, bullying, early sexual issues, substance use, peer pressure and violence. She also pointed out elements of a healthy relationship which include communication, trust, equality, respect and freedom.
“Trust, respect and protect yourself,” was Dr. Hipolito’s reminder to the LINKERS in order for them to become healthy adolescents.
PMHA-BBCI is a year-round provider of free mental health lectures to the LINKERS of Baguio and Benguet as part of their observance of the National Mental Health Week celebrated every second week of October pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 452 signed into law by then President Fidel V. Ramos in 1994. This is in accordance with the World Mental Health Day celebration every October 10.
By Melody B. Oros