September 10: It’s Suicide Awareness Day, Lovelies.
When I redid this blog in 2012, it was because I went through a period of depression and anxiety following a suicide attempt by a person I love very much. The blog has since revolved around different topics that ranged from various awareness campaigns to political commentary, food and travel experiences, and personal experiences and anecdotes, I always reserve this place to promote self-love and self-care.
Watching someone you love go through mental health issues can be as difficult for you as it is for them, and so I learned a little too late that I had to take care of myself, to better take care of someone else, too. “You’re going to be okay” is not as comforting a line as you’d we would like to think, and “You can do it” is not as motivating outside of a Nike ad.
I haven’t written in a while, but that’s because I wanted my next post to mean something to my readers. I’m doing okay, and this year, I’m really happy to announce that I, together with a team of wonderful, wonderful volunteers are going to be launching #MentalHealthPH in Cebu with a full afternoon of talks and discussions about Mental Health.
The event is “Transcend: Faces, Places, and Spaces” which is a discussion on the different faces of Mental Health, the places that could affect your mental health, and creating safe spaces for a better mental health status. We couldn’t launch the event on a Monday due to the availability of our target market. However, because September is Suicide Prevention Month, we are launching the event on September 15 at ASpace, Crossroads Banilad, Cebu.
The discussions will cover not only personal experiences and positive mantras, we will also be discussing the newly-approved mental health law and other related data. One of the organization’s co-founders will also be flying in from Manila to speak at the event, so that should be something!
In order to continue our advocacy, #MentalHealthPH is also raising funds by selling merch at the venue. We hope to get a lot of support from the rest of the population as we did with our friends and family, and the community.
We’ve been trying to put this launch together since last year. It’s finally here.
It’s about time.
More info about the organization and the event here:
Transcend Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/326847521223608/?ti=cl