NAVAL, Biliran, July 31 — Winnie Dorego, Eastern Visayas regional mental health manager, mentioned family support as factor in a healthy mental condition.
During the recently held mid-year meeting of the Biliran Provincial Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services Committee, Dorego said the presence of family members bonding together and communicating with their mental health patients instead of tying, enclosing or hiding them, give a better chance of recovering and going back to the mainstream of society.
As of 2018, the Committee reported some 308 cases of mental health concerns which is far below the one percent estimates against Biliran province’s population of more than 179,000.
However, Dr. Edgar Veloso, Biliran provincial health officer, expressed concern over these cases, though insignificant against population, thus mental health program in Biliran was started after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 under the Mental Health Gap Action Program (MHGAP).
Dr. Veloso stressed the need to bring back vagrant service users to their respective families for their possible immediate recovery.
He urged members of Committee and other concerned individuals to coordinate and report to concerned authorities for the patients’ return back home.
Aside from the MHGAP, the Biliran Provincial Health Office plans on establishing centers for seizure and epilepsy at the Biliran Provincial Hospital, and rural health units in the municipalities of Naval, Culaba, and Caibiran.
The Philippine League Against Epilepsy (PLAE) is currently coordinating with trained doctors at the Biliran Provincial Hospital, and rural health units in Naval, Culaba, and Caibiran for mentoring every second Thursday of the month wherein enrolled patients need not go to specialized doctors in the city for check-up.
Enrolled patients under this program with PLAE are free of consultation, medicines, and other laboratories and examinations, according to Vanessa Ramirez, Biliran provincial health education and promotions officer.
The nation celebrates Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September and Mental Health Awareness Month in October. (LDL/MLT/PIA-8, Biliran)
Source: PIA Feed