Call attention About Mental Health Concerns Amid Covid-19 Pandemic.

Call attention About Mental Health Concerns Amid Covid-19 Pandemic.

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          While everyone is focused on our physical health to fight disease covid-19, we also need to focus on our psychological well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues worldwide. The Philippines has consistently ranked in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has revealed a significant increase in monthly hotline calls regarding depression, with numbers rising from 80 calls pre-lockdown to nearly 400. 

         Globally, the most vulnerable population is those aged 15-29. Mental health-related deaths are also the second leading cause of fatalities in this age group. These numbers illustrate the need for more conversations and programs that will break the stigma around mental health. Most times, Filipinos do not feel comfortable sharing their mental health challenges for fear of alienation or prejudice.

“The importance of mental health initiatives is just as crucial as those for the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque. “Now more than ever, we need to promote holistic health, where we are caring for the body, the mind, and even the spirit.”

Early Warning Signs
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or      school

It is normal to feel anxious and stressed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

         We all have a role to play in protecting the physical and mental health of ourselves and others. Know the facts about COVID-19 and help to support positive mental well-being. "As we transition into the new normal, let us enter it with an attitude of supportiveness and compassion. We need to be champions for positive change and total well-being.” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque. Let us Call attention About Mental Health Concerns Amid Covid-19 Pandemic.

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