Improve the Access of Mental Health Services to Youth

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There has been very little research on child/adolescent mental health in the Philippines compared to other developing countries. The few reports that exist have been case studies, literature reviews, intervention research, and surveys and studies on Filipino immigrants in other countries. As part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Seven Nation Collaborative Study (2007), the Philippine study showed that 16% of children had mental disorders. 

One of the most common reasons for not seeking help is fear and shame. People recognize the negative stigma and discrimination associated with having a mental illness and don’t want to be labeled “mentally ill” or “crazy.” They may also have concerns about how such a label could negatively impact their career, education, or other life goals. Another reason is a person may acknowledge some mental health concerns but can lack full awareness of their significance or really don’t understand they have an actual illness. They may dismiss or minimize their issues and say “everyone gets stressed out” or “my problems aren’t that bad” or “you’re making more out of this than you need to.” And lastly, Another common barrier to mental health care is inability to pay for treatment due to financial hardship or lack of health insurance. Not having reliable transportation, child care issues and appointments for treatment that conflict with work or school schedules can also prevent someone from engaging in treatment.

Through this campaign, we may improve access of the youth to mental health services. We believe that accessing check-ups for fevers and vaccines are just as important as to what's inside a person feels. It is important that people with mental illnesses should have access to professional mental health doctors who are trained especially for assisting the youth who need them. We believe that money shouldn't be a hindrance to accessing health. The stigma of being picky and over exaggerated should be erased, and we believe that through the passing of this petition, we can help erase the bad reputation of mental illness, and legitimize the pain that the youth already feel.

 



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